Supermarket chain Tesco’s four stores in Inverness have pledged a huge fundraising boost to Highland Hospice. Aiming to raise £15,000, the stores have announced a one-year partnership with the charity which will run until 30 April 2017
Fundraising plans include hosting collection bees and buckets at till points and service desks, holding a number of events including a Danceathon at IronWorks on 3rd September and a 160ft bungee jump, and helping at the Hospice’s ‘Run for Colour’ event by distributing refreshments.
Less than a month into their fundraising drive, the four shops – City, Ness-side, Retail Park and Inshes - have got off to a fantastic start having already raised over £5,000. They held their first fundraisers during Highland Hospice’s Fundraising Week at the end of April, where each store took on their own themed activities on the charity’s #wearyellow day. At Inverness Retail Park, this included several staff members taking their turn to sit in a bath of cold custard!
Highland Hospice’s corporate fundraiser Lisa Long said, “We are so excited to be working with Tesco and are wholeheartedly grateful for their pledge of support. With our new InPatient Unit due to open later this year, this commitment from Tesco comes at a crucial time for Highland Hospice, and I hope that the staff of all four stores will enjoy their fundraising activities which are sounding like lots of fun!”
Tesco Community Champion Liz Sutherland said, “We are delighted to be supporting our local hospice and are really looking forward to a busy year of fundraising which should also serve to strengthen our teamwork. Highland Hospice provides a vital service which touches so many of our staff and customers. We just want to do the very best we can to support the wonderful care it provides to its patients and their families at a difficult time.”