Leeds store team in hike beneath the stars to help hospice

PIC: Tony Johnson
PIC: Tony Johnson
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A team of walkers from Sainsbury’s will be putting their best feet forward for a trek under the evening stars in aid of charity.

The employees, from White Rose Sainsbury’s in Leeds will join hundreds of other fundraisers for the YEP-backed Starlight Hike at Temple Newsham Park on September 26 in aid of Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice.

The popular event is expected to see men, women and children come together with the aim of raising £35,000 towards the cost of running the north Leeds hospice.

Kiarna Benson, Sainsbury’s PR ambassador, said: “We think that it will be a fun and interesting way to support our local charity partner Wheatfields Hospice, as well as a good way for our employees to come together for a good cause.

“We have a team of 10 colleagues from departments all around the store, with a diverse age range from 21 – 51; it will be a good time for a great cause.

“We’re looking forward to actively being part of Wheatfields’ fundraising activities, and representing our store as a team.

“It’s also a great chance to get fit and have fun, and accomplish something good 

Kiarna explained that many of her colleagues have been personally impacted by the work carried out by the charity and that this was a chance to give back.

The team also plans to organise a whole host of other charitable events, such as in-store fundraising and customer activities throughout the year.

She added: “Many of our customers and colleagues have been impacted by the work of Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, and we are proud to support such a worthy cause.

“Wheatfields won the public vote for our ‘local charity partner’ by over 100 votes, and so it was definitely the charity that our customers most wanted to support this year.

“We had a successful launch weekend, and we are excited for what we can achieve together over the year-long partnership.”

Live music will entertain walkers along the Starlight Hike route, which will be lit where possible but fundraisers are also advised to bring a torch.

Stalls and refreshments will also be provided.

At the finishing point, there will be a well-deserved bite to eat, as well as a medal and goody bag. Every penny raised through sponsorship will continue to help the hospice provide care to patients and their families - at the hospice and in the community.