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It’s official! Shoppers and staff at Morrisons Abbeydale Store are the most generous in the South West, coming top in the amount of money raised for its charity partner, Sue Ryder, over the past three years.

 

As the national charity partnership comes to an end it was also revealed that the store raised the fifth largest total amount of money in the UK as part of the national ‘Raise a Smile’ partnership.

 

As of 31st December, Abbeydale Morrisons staff and shoppers had raised a staggering £27,391.26 for Sue Ryder, with more fundraising money still coming in.

 

The charity partnership overall has raised £7.2 million in just three years, helping Sue Ryder to expand its end of life care services across the UK and support more families who are facing the most difficult time of their lives.

With Morrisons funding, the charity has been able to provide over 250,000 extra hours of incredible care a year to patients and families in their own homes and local communities. Through specialist services in the community, family support teams and national befriending service; Sue Ryder has helped more people spend their final days at home and changed a lifetime of memories for those left behind. The Morrisons-funded Online Community and Support (sueryder.org/support) is also providing support and advice for people coping with loss, 24 hours a day.

 

Locally, the partnership helped Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court relaunch its Hospice at Home service in 2015, caring for local people and their families and supporting them to remain at home if that is their wish.

 

The Hospice at Home Service was launched with fundraising tea party at the Abbeydale Morrisons store in March 2015 and the nursing team returned to the store again a year later to celebrate their first birthday with another fundraising tea party.

 

Morrisons Abbeydale’s store manager Elliott Luce, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the amount of money our colleagues, suppliers and customers have raised for Sue Ryder over the past three years with bike ride challenges, charity raffles, collections and bag packs.”

 

“None of this would have been achieved without the fantastic fundraising by our store Community Champion, Georgia Blencoe, and I want to thank her for all the hard work she has put in supporting the Raise a Smile partnership over the past three years. We are incredibly proud to have been involved in a partnership that is making such a lasting difference.”

Heather Mitchell, Hospice at Home Manager at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice said: “We have enjoyed a really special relationship with customers and colleagues at the Abbeydale Morrisons store throughout our charity partnership with them. I’ve had the pleasure of attending a number of fundraising events with some of our nursing team and we have always been warmly welcomed by colleagues and customers. Many speak to us about the difference our care has made for their friends or family, and we are always massively touched by people’s generosity, enthusiasm and support. I am not surprised that the kind hearted people who work and shop at Morrisons Abbeydale have raised such an incredible amount of money for our charity.”

 

“Thank you to Georgia, Morrisons colleagues and customers for their incredible fundraising over the past three years. You have helped us support people to die at home surrounded by their loved ones, in a place of comfort, which is something very special.”

 

The Morrisons ‘Raise a Smile’ charity partnership with Sue Ryder began in February 2014 with the goal of making sure incredible care could reach more families and communities across the UK.

For more information on Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice visit www.sueryder.org/leckhampton

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