Sainsbury's Market Street staff raise £1,000 through first fundraiser for their Local Charity partner

They organised a family fun day in Edgerton for the Huddersfield Down Syndrome Support Group

The family fun day in Edgerton for the Huddersfield Down Syndrome Support Group and (left) Aaron Firth, aged three, takes part in a sack race at the family fun day

Staff launched a year’s worth of fundraising for a charity in style — and raised almost £1,000.

The branch of Sainsbury’s at Market Street, Huddersfield, organised the family fun day at the Ukrainian Club in Edgerton.

The event was the first fundraiser to be held for Huddersfield Down Syndrome Support Group (HDSSG).

The charity was recently announced as the store’s new Local Charity partner.

The group arranges social, sporting and educational events and activities for children with Down Syndrome and their families.

The day at the Edgerton Road-based club featured fun and games including hook a duck, tombolas, cake sales and face painting.

Leanne Davies, the charity’s secretary, said: “We had an amazing turnout.

“The rain even stopped long enough for the children to take part in egg and spoon races, sack races and three-legged races!

“It was a fantastic opportunity to meet the staff that will be fundraising tirelessly for us this year and for them to meet the families that will benefit from their efforts.”

The afternoon raised £935 for HDSSG.

The charity is using funds to continue to deliver private speech and language sessions for their members.

It is also organising social and sporting opportunities for the families it supports.

The charity was chosen by customers and colleagues to receive a year’s worth of fundraising and awareness support.

The retailer’s Local Charity scheme is now in its sixth year and has raised over £6 million since 2009.

Next month staff will continue their fundraising for HDSSG. They will be taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge, completing a bike ride and hosting a quiz and curry night.

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