On 20th July 2017, YMCA Bournemouth were presented with a cheque for £4201.92 by Sainsbury’s Talbot Health as a result of in-store fundraising activities made possible by our selection as the store’s ‘charity of the year’.
Between July 2016 and July 2017 and over three fun-filled weekends, staff and volunteers from YMCA Bournemouth raised much-needed funds at the store through a combination of collections and events designed to entertain and engage Sainsbury’s’ customers.
Fundraising events included ‘Ping Pong, Sing Song’, a never-ending game of table tennis accompanied by choirs singing popular tunes; ‘Row to Rio’, an Olympic-themed sponsored rowing session; and the ‘Ho Ho Ho’ weekend, which included a bag-packing service, raffle and local school St.Aldhelm’s Primary school singing Christmas carols.
“They were all fantastic events and the shoppers joined in magnificently,” said Lucy Culkin of YMCA Bournemouth. “We are extremely grateful to Sainsbury’s Talbot Health for giving us the opportunity to be their ‘Charity of the Year’ and we had a lot of fun engaging with the public and raising awareness of and funds for the vulnerable people we support”.