Grantham urged to back Comic Relief campaign

This bunch is keen to start fund-raising for Comic Relief.

This bunch is keen to start fund-raising for Comic Relief.

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A whole community effort will see thousands of pounds raised for Comic Relief, hope colleagues at a Grantham supermarket who are leading a fund-raising campaign.

Representatives of various schools and organisations gathered at Sainsbury’s this week to hear about the vision of store manager Debbie Wrightson and her team.

Debbie said: “Let’s get the community of Grantham working together. It’s not about Sainsbury’s, it’s about the community coming together and having a whole lot of fun for Comic Relief.

“Comic Relief is an amazing event. They say you’re never more than 30 miles away from a project funded by Red Nose Day. Let’s be a part of it.”

She talked about setting a target of £7,000 or £10,000...but this quickly rocketed up to £15,000 as support for the appeal grew.

The idea is that the town’s Sainsbury’s, which nationally is an official partner of Comic Relief, acts as a hub, promoting upcoming events and collecting money raised. There will be a container in the foyer marked in monetary values to monitor the progress of the appeal.

Already, two events are planned – the first is a sponsored dance-a-thon over the weekend of March 7-8. Dance groups will be invited to show off their moves in the foyer throughout the weekend.

Another event in the diary is a duck race on the River Witham through Wyndham Park on Saturday, March 14. Partner schools and organisations will sell the ducks at £1 each, with prizes going to the fastest duck and also the best decorated duck.

Supermarket staff also plan to hold a raffle and would appreciate donations of raffle prizes.

* If you would like to be part of the campaign, which will be supported by the Journal, email the team at Sainsbury’s via hro.grantham@sainsburys.co.uk