Charities benefit from £35,000 donations from Sheringham Tesco

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

Sunday, April 13, 2014
11:45 AM

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

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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.

8 comments

  • Big thank you to tesco for helping our local charities, tesco in sheringham is fast becoming a big part of our community .and yes I agree the shop is just great staff really helpful polite , and yes they don't stock everything , but this means the high street continues to thrive thankfully. It's also a lovely walk through with woodfields, plaza cafe hairport and the lovely Maisie's baby boutique . So like I say thank you Simon ,staff, tesco.,

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    mariner

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

  • Tesco has not been the threat many feared because it is not that big, does not carry the full product range and does not offer the low prices that its larger stores tempt people with. Result? It's never that busy and people continue to shop at a variety of other places too. That seems the perfect outcome.

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    a fine city

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Most of those opposed to Tesco in Sherringham used to shop in Morrisons in Cromer as you could see the stickers in their cars in the car park. So hypocrites......how much have local shops given back to their local charities? Yes £35,000 less than Tesco....to the penny.

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    KeithS

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • DaisyRoots ... I'm not sure why you are so against Sheringham Tesco but I think you may now be in the minority. I have spoken to loads of shopkeepers and cafe businesses in Sheringham and they all report that they are still trading well since Tesco have been there. Then there's the Woodfields special school charity shop which Tesco have continued to give them rent free. That's about 3 years no rent now. If people didn't want Tesco the shop would be empty but it's not. What does that tell you?

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    samphirelover

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Of course the staff will be great Mike-they are Sheringham people, just like the staff in other small tesco branches are locals-it helps Tesco con shoppers into thinking they are shopping in a business which does the local economy some good beyond the salaries of the staff.

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    Daisy Roots

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Yes very nice these bribes to local councils and organisations, but what about those who lose out because of a planning decision where compensation does not come into play? I have in mind a proposed wind turbine development with in yards of some homes in a small EastAnglian village, which is almost inevitably going to knock 10s of thousands of pounds off the values because of the closeness and because they currently have an exceptional view and location-which they paid for. If a parish council's decision is affected by the prospect of a few new swings and slides and the promise of a payout every year something stinks.

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    Daisy Roots

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Now what have all the wingers got to say about Tesco after all the years of campaign against the store. It is a lovely store with great staff and an absolute benefit to Shengham. Use it and appreciate it.

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    MIKEJ

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

  • Good news for local charities. I am really impressed with the new store and the staff there are great.

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    samphirelover

    Sunday, April 13, 2014

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