Two Tesco stores have donated a total of £2,000 to six charities nominated by shoppers in the Chester area.
Tesco Chester, on Frodsham Square, and Tesco Sealand Road, on Hartford Way, each launched a competition called Tesco Helping Hand as part of their commitment to supporting the community, and each recently welcomed representatives from their winning charities to present them with donations ranging from £500 to £200.
Andrew Schofield, store manager at Tesco Chester, said: “We were delighted with the customer response to our Helping Hand competition. It was great to see the local community coming together and getting involved to make their nominations. After reading all of the entries, my team and I chose to split the £1,000 across three local organisations, St Clare’s Catholic Primary School, Huntington Under 5s Preschool and Upton Westlea Primary School.”
St Clare’s will use its £500 donation towards renewing playground equipment. Headteacher Marian Ryder said: “We were delighted to receive such lovely news for the start of the new school term and we are very thankful to have been chosen by the team at Tesco Chester.”
Huntington Preschool will put its £300 towards developing an outdoor area and training support. Upton Westlea will use its £200 towards the costs of refurbishing its canteen.
Store manager Mark Lindley and the team at Tesco Sealand Road also split their £1,000 donation between three charities. Blacon Defibrillator Fund received £500 and Silhouette Dance Troupe and Blacon Youth Football Club each received a £250 donation.
Mark said: “The Helping Hand competition was all about offering our customers the chance to have their say on what projects and organisations they wanted to help and that’s a brilliant way for us to hear about some great groups and we are delighted to offer support.
“The donations are going to make a real difference in the Chester community and are being used towards some great projects including helping to support training, equipment and contribute towards purchasing another defibrillator through the Blacon Defibrillator Fund and helping towards new costumes for dancers in the Silhouettes Dance Troupe.”
Lee Challinor, from Blacon Defibrillator Fund, said: “It has been great to have had the opportunity to work with Tesco Sealand Road over Christmas and we are continually strengthening our connections with the store. The money will make a big difference in supporting lifesaving equipment in Chester and I would like to thank all at Tesco for making such a difference. We look forward to continue working with the store in the future to help support our campaign.”
Jane Pryce, from Blacon Youth Football Club, said: “We are delighted with the £250 from Mark and his team at Tesco Sealand Road. This money will make a real difference to the players at Blacon Youth Football Club.”
Andrew added: “It has been wonderful to meet the charities benefiting from the donations and hear more about the great work they do within our community.”