Sainsbury's "Charity of the Year"
Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team is very proud to announce that we have been selected to be Sainsbury's Halifax ‘Charity of the Year’ and receive a year’s worth of support through fundraising and awareness. Sainsbury's ‘Local Charity’ Scheme is now in its 6th year, and has raised over £6million to support local charities since 2009.
Halifax Store Manager, Simon Noble said: “We’ve had a great response this year from both customers and colleagues alike, who were asked to vote in-store and online for their favourite local charity. Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team proved to be the most popular and we are delighted with the final choice. For the next 12 months, we will be working closely with CVSRT to ensure that they really benefit from being our Local Charity.”
The first fundraising event will be an epic cycle challenge called the ‘Big Bike Ride’. This will see colleagues from the Halifax store ride around the region calling at all 18 Sainsbury’s stores along the way. The whole charity cycle ride will involve approximately 650 colleagues from Inverness to Northern Ireland to Newcastle and down to Halifax and Huddersfield.
Sainsbury's Big Bike Ride 2 starts on Saturday 13th September and will visit every store from Ripon, Wakefield, Keighley, Halifax and Huddersfield finishing at the Sainsbury’s store at the White Rose Centre on the Sunday 14th September.
In addition to this, Halifax colleagues will be fundraising in-store all weekend with an ‘Exercise Bike Challenge’ and ‘bag packing’ to help raise even more funds for the charity. Customers will also have the opportunity to meet the Calder Valley Search & Rescue Team, who will be on-hand with plenty of Mountain Rescue goodies.
CVSRT member Matthew Greaves said, “It is an honour to be chosen as Sainsbury’s Charity of the Year and a fantastic opportunity for the team to raise much needed funds. It costs approximately £35,000 per year just to keep the team operational, which is raised entirely by donations from the community, local businesses and numerous fundraising activities – we receive no direct government funding”.
“Later this year, we are hoping to replace one of our ageing emergency vehicles, which will require further funding on top of our annual running costs. We are extremely grateful for all the support we’ve already received from the community and Sainsbury’s alike”.