Funding boost for Littleport’s Branching Out

Sainsbury's staff hand over a cheque for more than £2,000 to Branching Out.

Sainsbury's staff hand over a cheque for more than £2,000 to Branching Out. - Credit: Archant

A supermarket in Ely has raised more than £2,000 for charity.

Sainsbury’s handed over a cheque for £2,167 to Branching Out this week as part of its Local Charity of the Year scheme.

The Littleport-based charity supports people with learning disabilities and the group was chosen by customers and colleagues last June and has received support from the store for the past year.

Activities have included bag packing at Christmas and bucket collections to tie in with events such as Halloween and Sainsbury’s colleagues also volunteered for the charity during the year, helping to paint the chicken coup at the charities headquarters in Grange Lane.

Earlier this year Sainsbury’s colleagues helped staff in the Littleport charity shop, assisting with organising the stock room, tidying the back areas, and merchandising donated items.

Steve Venters, manager of Sainsbury’s Ely, said: “We’ve had an excellent year supporting Branching Out, our customers and colleagues have got involved with a number of fundraising activities. We’d like to thank everyone at Branching Out for making it such a brilliant partnership.”

Customers can vote for the store’s new partner until June 28 in-store and online at

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