Staff from the four Inverness based Tesco Stores raised a staggering £40,000 for Highland Hospice’s Project Build Appeal in 2016.
At the end of 2015 various charities were invited to pitch for support; the four community champions and store managers made the decision to raise £15,000 to cover the cost of a room in the new Highland Hospice. After store staff took a tour of the Hospice construction site, the fundraising began with a bang on Friday 29th April, the Hospice’s annual Wear Yellow day. The four stores raised over £3,000 in one weekend.
Between April and October 2016, each store hosted collection bees and buckets at till points and service desks, and took part in various events including Highland Hospice’s Run for Colour. The team organised a Danceathon at the Ironworks and held a 160ft Bungee Jump at Bogbain Farm which attracted 140 participants who between them raised over £30,000.
Tesco also donated refreshments for various events, and a huge number of toys and games for the new Hospice family room.
To acknowledge their incredible efforts the four stores chose to name one of the Counselling Rooms at the new Hospice, and called it ‘Inverness’. Liz Sutherland, Community Champion at Tesco Retail Park says “the Hospice is a place that touches everyone whether directly or not, and it was such a privilege for us to help in a small way, and we hope to continue our support.”