A COMMUNITY has been thanked for its generous spirit, after its fundraising efforts were the best in the area.
Customers at Tesco Express, in St James’ Road, Chichester, raised more than £1,000 for Cancer Research UK, the highest amount in any of the 14 stores between Chichester and Portsmouth.
“We’re really proud of what we did as a store, and what our customers did,” said manager Simon Jefkins.
Throughout December the store held three raffles, and also a film-themed fancy dress day in the middle of the month, which saw staff dressing up as a whole range of characters.
The final raffle draw took place on Christmas Eve, and customer Liz Eldridge drew the winning ticket, which saw one lucky winner receive an extra £50 worth of food for Christmas Day.
Cancer Research UK is Tesco’s official charity, and each store was set a target of £45 per fundraising event.
However the store in St James’ Road has completely smashed this target, with £1,017 raised across the four different events.
The raffles and fancy dress were organised by Simon Jefkins and the store’s deputy manager James Craig.
“We’re quite a close knit team, so we put our heads together.
“It would be nice to show what the community did for our campaign,” he added.
“We have certainly got some very generous customers.”
The prize for the first raffle was a £25 Tesco gift card, and the second raffle saw a food hamper presented to the winner.