Sainsbury’s Local, Acklam Road store has chosen the South Cleveland cancer research fund as their charity of the year for 2015/2016.
The special fund supports South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s radiotherapy and oncology directorate and is part of South Tees Hospitals Charity.
It helps promote and increase cancer clinical trial activity at the trust’s hospitals, as well as looking into the research and development of new treatment techniques. This includes helping to purchase the latest cutting edge medical equipment for the benefit of cancer patients.
The fund was chosen thanks to staff and customers at the Middlesbrough store who voted them clear winners.
Sharon Speight from Middlesbrough works at the store. No stranger to South Tees Hospitals Charity, Sharon and her family have been busy raising money for the fund, through skydives, charity nights, bag packs and so on.
The fund was chosen as Sharon and her colleagues have friends and family members who were treated at James Cook and they wanted to give something back to thank the dedicated staff on the wards and departments that cared for their loved ones.
Enthusiastic workers at Sainsbury’s are aiming to raise between £2,500 and £3,000 and already have a series of fundraising events planned to help to reach the target.
This includes coffee mornings and cake stalls at The James Cook University Hospital throughout the year. A full calendar of events includes members of staff taking part in the Middlesbrough 10K in September and volunteering projects at the hospital.
Store manager, Ian Johnson, said: “We are pleased to be able to help and do something worthwhile for our local hospital. We look forward to raising lots of money and working with the team throughout the year.”
Suzi Campbell from South Tees Hospitals Charity said: “We are grateful to Sainsbury’s Local for choosing us as charity of the year. We know their support will be very beneficial for patients at the hospital. We much appreciate their help and are sure our partnership will be a great success.”