Sainsbury's superstore raises super amount for Brighter Futures' Radiotherapy Appeal

Posted: June 16, 2016

Staff and shoppers bring in £10k for cancer treatment in Swindon

More than £10,000 has been raised by a Swindon supermarket after it chose to support Brighter Futures' campaign to bring vital radiotherapy treatment to the town.
 
The Oxford Road branch of Sainsbury's in Stratton has been fundraising for Brighter Futures' Radiotherapy Appeal for the last 12 months, having named it Local Charity of the Year in July 2015.
 
Since then staff and shoppers alike have walked, baked, bag-packed and sang their way to a grand total of £10,500, which will go towards providing the machines needed at the heart of Swindon's first ra

diotherapy unit at the Great Western Hospital.
 
Currently, cancer patients in Swindon and Wiltshire face weeks of daily visits to and from the nearest radiotherapy centre in Oxford for the treatment they need to stay alive.
 
The new radiotherapy centre, to be run by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will bring vital cancer treatment closer to home for families in Swindon and Wiltshire for generations to come.
 
Jennifer Green, Head of Brighter Futures, said: "We're extremely grateful to Sainsbury's for all its support over the last year and are ecstatic to announce that this £10,000 donation has brought us to within touching distance of our next milestone of £750,000.
 
"The summer months are particularly exciting for us as we've got a jam packed calendar of fundraising opportunities. From skydiving to tea parties, there'll be something for everyone.
 
"We're hopeful that come the end of summer, we'll be getting ready to celebrate reaching that all-important £1 million mark."
 
As well as in-store events like tombolas, bag-packing and choir concerts, staff from Sainsbury's also swapped their price guns for walking boots when they took part in a sponsored trek from the Great Western Hospital back to their Oxford Road base last September.
 
Val Atwell, Store Manager of Sainsbury's Stratton, said: "Once again, the hard work of our colleagues, combined with the generosity of our lovely customers, has helped us to produce an amazing figure."
 
People can support Brighter Futures this summer by holding a Wimbledon-themed tea party either at home, work or school.
 

For more information, visit www.brighterfuturesgwh.nhs.uk

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