Infectious enthusiasm swings it for charity

This Is Wiltshire: Members of Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group and Sainsbury’s Bridgmead staff Members of Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group and Sainsbury’s Bridgmead staff

SWINDON Down’s Syndrome Group was announced as Sainsbury’s Bridgemead’s chosen charity of the year yesterday.

The organisation, which supports children with the condition and their families, will be given free rein to organise events at the supermarket one weekend a month and hold regular fundraisers and collections.

Three charities had been shortlisted by the store out of scores nominated by staff and customers, but the infectious enthusiasm of Down’s Syndrome Group chairman Kim West placed her and her team ahead of the pack.

Sainsbury’s spokesman Simon Belcher said: “All their pitches were wonderful, but Kim, the chairman of Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group was so enthusiastic and obviously wanted it so much that we chose them.

“They will have a designated weekend every month to do with as they wish, and we will put on events for them and attend their other events.”

Last year the shop raised £8,000 through its partnership with the Samaritans.

“We are hoping for more than £8,000 this year,” he added. “The more effort the charity puts in the more they get out of it.”

To find out more see www.swin dondownsgroup.org.uk/

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11:34am Sat 19 Jul 14

tucker81 says...

Are these the people that harass you every weekend outside the front of the shop when you just want to do your shopping in peace?
Are these the people that harass you every weekend outside the front of the shop when you just want to do your shopping in peace? tucker81
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1:49pm Sat 19 Jul 14

MrAngry says...

tucker81 wrote:
Are these the people that harass you every weekend outside the front of the shop when you just want to do your shopping in peace?
Yes, but I don't really have a problem being approached by charity. They rarely get any money out of me though as I usually pay for my groceries with a debit card and don't have any spare change for them.

It is the salesman in the lobby that annoy me. Every time that I visit B&Q someone tries to sell me a will when I leave.

Seriously, is anyone daft enough to write a will based on an impulse buy from a cold seller representing a company that they never heard of?
[quote][p][bold]tucker81[/bold] wrote: Are these the people that harass you every weekend outside the front of the shop when you just want to do your shopping in peace?[/p][/quote]Yes, but I don't really have a problem being approached by charity. They rarely get any money out of me though as I usually pay for my groceries with a debit card and don't have any spare change for them. It is the salesman in the lobby that annoy me. Every time that I visit B&Q someone tries to sell me a will when I leave. Seriously, is anyone daft enough to write a will based on an impulse buy from a cold seller representing a company that they never heard of? MrAngry
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10:58am Sun 20 Jul 14

FLOGGITLAD says...

did you invite coun martin for the photo shoot....
did you invite coun martin for the photo shoot.... FLOGGITLAD
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9:39am Mon 21 Jul 14

PaulD says...

MrAngry wrote:
tucker81 wrote:
Are these the people that harass you every weekend outside the front of the shop when you just want to do your shopping in peace?
Yes, but I don't really have a problem being approached by charity. They rarely get any money out of me though as I usually pay for my groceries with a debit card and don't have any spare change for them.

It is the salesman in the lobby that annoy me. Every time that I visit B&Q someone tries to sell me a will when I leave.

Seriously, is anyone daft enough to write a will based on an impulse buy from a cold seller representing a company that they never heard of?
I always take his presence as an insult to my DIY skills.
[quote][p][bold]MrAngry[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tucker81[/bold] wrote: Are these the people that harass you every weekend outside the front of the shop when you just want to do your shopping in peace?[/p][/quote]Yes, but I don't really have a problem being approached by charity. They rarely get any money out of me though as I usually pay for my groceries with a debit card and don't have any spare change for them. It is the salesman in the lobby that annoy me. Every time that I visit B&Q someone tries to sell me a will when I leave. Seriously, is anyone daft enough to write a will based on an impulse buy from a cold seller representing a company that they never heard of?[/p][/quote]I always take his presence as an insult to my DIY skills. PaulD
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