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Charities benefit from £35,000 donations from Sheringham Tesco

PUBLISHED: 11:45 13 April 2014

EVERY LITTLE HELPS: Simon Nellis, store manager at Sheringham Tesco, with volunteers and children from Sheringham Youth Zone. Picture: SUBMITTED

EVERY LITTLE HELPS: Simon Nellis, store manager at Sheringham Tesco, with volunteers and children from Sheringham Youth Zone. Picture: SUBMITTED

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Tesco’s new Sheringham store is giving away £50,000 in four waves to local good causes.

Representatives from some of the eight groups which have already benefited from one of its grants were invited to a reception in the supermarket, which was also attended by Sheringham town councillors.

Store manager Simon Nellis said: “We are delighted to support these fantastic local organisations. I have seen first-hand all the great work they do for local people so we just wanted to say a little thank you”.

The cash comes from the Tesco Sheringham Community Fund, set up in 2012 to accompany last November’s launch of the new Tesco store in the town.

Julie Chalmers, founder of Sheringham Youth Zone, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you for the wonderful grant given to the young people of Sheringham Youth Zone. Some of the money has been spent on games consoles, a projector, some storage boxes, craft equipment and we are planning on barbecues and outside equipment when the weather improves. It is great to meet other community groups in store and share ideas.”

Jenny Lawes, who has run The Good Hope Club as a volunteer for 30 years, said their grant would enable them to buy some outdoor games, providing extra activities for the club members, and would help secure the club’s future.

Jean Stockdale, secretary of the North Norfolk Social Centre for the Blind, based in North Walsham, said their £400 grant meant they could take their 45-plus members out for a special lunch to the Scarborough Hill Hotel, without having to dip into hard-earned funds or ask the members to contribute.

Martin Braybrook, treasurer of Cromer Cricket Club, said: “We are most grateful to Tesco for their very generous donation. A safety inspection of our club house and pavilion revealed that the electrics were unsafe and not fit for purpose so this money will help us considerably as we endeavour to ensure that all the necessary and essential work is carried out before our Norfolk Alliance, Premier League season gets under way early in May”

Others to received grants were: Bumbles Preschool, Cromer Past Present Future, Melton Constable Parish Council, and Sheringham Community Primary School.

So far the Tesco Sheringham Community Fund has given out about £35,000 in three waves to community groups and charities in the Sheringham area. The final wave of grants is due to take place later this year.

■ For more information and for details on how to apply for the last wave, interested parties should visit: http://www.norfolkfoundation.com/TESCO-Sheringham-Community-Fund.htm or contact Jo Maddocks, grants officer at jomaddocks@norfolkfoundation.com or on 01603 623958.

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