Sainsbury’s in Bury Park, Luton has chosen Guide Dogs as their new Local Charity of the Year following an online and in-store customer vote.
Guide Dogs provide mobility and freedom to blind and partially sighted people. They campaign for the rights of people with visual impairment, educate the public about eye care and fund eye disease research.
They also breed and train guide dogs which they have been doing for more than 75 years, providing many thousands to blind and partially-sighted people of all ages and from all walks of life.
This year’s Local Charity scheme began at the end of May, when colleagues shortlisted a maximum of three charities to be put forward to the customer vote. Guide Dogs received the most votes and will receive a year’s worth of fundraising and awareness-raising from the store.
To celebrate the announcement, a launch day will take place at the store. Customers will get the chance to meet representatives from the charity and learn more about the work they do.
Mark Gray, Store manager at Sainsbury’s Luton said: “I’d like to say congratulations to Guide Dogs. It’s great to be working with a new charity this year. My colleagues are really excited about the partnership.”
The Local Charity scheme is now in its eighth year. The scheme has raised over £11 million to support local charities since 2009.