MANCHESTER DIARY
Superstore bags The Fed as its charity of year

BARGAIN: The Fed fundraising assistant Zoe Slotwiner, The Fed fundraising manager Rochelle Broman, Sainsbury's Heaton Park store manager David Gaffin and the store's PR ambassador Viv Barber

THE Fed has been selected as Heaton Park Sainsbury's charity of the year after an online vote.

Store manager David Gaffin, who recently transferred from the chain's Cheadle branch, is working alongside his colleague Viv Barber, the store's public relations ambassador, on a fundraising campaign for The Fed.

And the twosome met up with their partners at The Fed, fundraising manager Rochelle Broman and marketing manager Joyce Khan, to plan a programme of events throughout the year which will raise awareness and money.

Rochelle said: "David was interested to hear about our services and especially our community groups such as our mental health drop-in, carers' groups and community cafe and dealing with the problem of social isolation. He suggested holding one of our monthly coffee-stops in the store cafe and we are arranging this - our first joint event - for Sunday, August 16.

"We are calling it Bags 'n' Bagels as volunteers will help customers with bag-packing and we will hold a bagel brunch, as a change to the normal coffee-stop to launch our partnership with Sainsbury's."

David has already agreed to do the company's Big Bike-Ride in aid of The Fed.

It will take place on September 12 and 13 and will involve him cycling about 100 miles around all 50 stores in the North-West.

To sponsor him, visit www.thefed.org.uk/david's-big-bike-ride

For details on the bag-packing, phone Zoe Slotwiner on 0161-772 4967 or email zoe.s@thefed.org.uk



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