Charity gets shoppers vote

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A major supermarket will be launching a new partnership with a local charity after it was chosen by customers.

Sainsburys Dunstable has chosen the South Bedfordshire Downs Syndrome Society with the fundraising year kicking off on the August Bank Holiday weekend.

South Beds Downs Syndrome Society were chosen by customers through in store and online votes in June and will receive a year’s worth of support through fundraising and awareness from the store.

Representatives from the charity will join Sainsbury’s colleagues over the weekend to fundraise by running a tombola at the front of the store on Friday and bag packing for customers on Saturday.

Teresa Hurley from South Beds Downs Syndrome Society said “We can’t wait to get started. We’re hoping the partnership will help raise awareness of our cause to the store’s customers and will help us develop the important service we provide to the community.”

The scheme has raised over £7 million to support local charities since 2009.