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Charities cash in on Swaffham store’s opening gifts

Tesco store manager Scott Garrod with Grace Harwood and pupils from St Andrew's Primary, North Pickenham, George Gearing, Georgia Phillip, Natalie Gotts and Tessa Kirby from Home-Start Swaffham & District and Diana Smith, Ward Manager at Swaffham Community Hospital

Tesco store manager Scott Garrod with Grace Harwood and pupils from St Andrew's Primary, North Pickenham, George Gearing, Georgia Phillip, Natalie Gotts and Tessa Kirby from Home-Start Swaffham & District and Diana Smith, Ward Manager at Swaffham Community Hospital

Two Swaffham good causes benefited when the town’s new Tesco store opened its doors to customers for the first time last Thursday.

Representatives of the town’s community hospital and the area’s Homestart group were invited to formally open the Castle Acre Road premises.

And managers handed both organisations a £500 donation to mark the occasion.

Diana Smith, a ward manager at the hospital, said: “We are thrilled and very grateful to be chosen to receive this generous donation.

“It will be used to enhance the experience that patients enjoy while at the hospital by funding extra equipment or amenities to make them more comfortable.”

Home-Start scheme manager George Gearing said: “We work to recruit and train volunteers to visit families and offer informal, friendly and confidential support.

“This money will be used specifically to support families in the Swaffham area.”

Store manager Scott Garrod said he was delighted to support the two causes, because of the contribution they make to the wider community.

As well as cutting the ribbon, representatives of the two charities joined shoppers in enjoying champagne and cake to mark the opening.

Customers were also able to pick up specially made hessian carrier bags, which were designed by Grace Harwood, a pupil at St Andrew’s Primary School in North Pickenham. Grace and her classmates were also at the ceremony.

 

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