Who will be store’s next chosen charity?

The Meeting Place .Cheering after their success.Sainsburys Staff and Meeting Place Staff and Volunteers .Back Sue Armstrong,Sallie Smith,Helen Evans,Jemma Buglass,Sarah Carr.Front Jill Foster,Deb King,Maggie Berry,Sheila Isherwood,Elizabeth Cyrus.Picture Richard Ponter 131908

The Meeting Place .Cheering after their success.Sainsburys Staff and Meeting Place Staff and Volunteers .Back Sue Armstrong,Sallie Smith,Helen Evans,Jemma Buglass,Sarah Carr.Front Jill Foster,Deb King,Maggie Berry,Sheila Isherwood,Elizabeth Cyrus.Picture Richard Ponter 131908

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A year-long partnership has given a huge helping hand to a Scarborough charity which helps bring families together.

The Meeting Place Child Contact Centre, in Pavilion Square, has spent the past year as Sainsbury’s Scarborough’s chosen charity of the year.

The partnership represents the fifth year in a row during which Sainsbury’s has supported a local organisation as part of its “Local Charity Partner” initiative.

The scheme gives local registered charities the chance to receive a year’s worth of fundraising and awareness support from store staff.

Customers and colleagues at Sainsbury’s Scarborough have played a big part in the success of the scheme, raising well over £3,000 for The Meeting Place during the past year.

Among the highlights of the partnership, which drew to a close at the start of this month, were two members of staff running for the cause at the McCain 10K event in Scarborough.

The store also hosted numerous events, including bake sales, throughout the year to help raise cash.

Helen Evans, of The Meeting Place, said: “Working with Sainsbury’s Scarborough over the last 12 months has made such a difference to our cause.

“We’ve raised a fantastic amount which we’re using towards training, running costs and children’s games and we’re now looking forward to working with them on future opportunities.”

Over the last four years, Sainsbury’s stores and their customers have helped thousands of charities and organisations across the UK through fundraising and volunteering and have raised more than £5 million to support local communities.

People can now vote for who they would like to see as the store’s chosen charity for the year ahead.

Store manager Rob Brookes said: “Our work with previous local charity partners over the years has been really successful in letting our customers have their say.

“We hope our customers can take the time to vote in the coming weeks and give a local charity that’s close to their hearts the chance for us to support them.”

Nomination forms are available in store now and voting closes on May 15. Customers can also nominate at www.sainsburys.co.uk/localcharity or by emailing Local.charity@sainsburys.co.uk