Boost for charities as store reopens

Tesco store made two �500 donations to Sheffield charities as part of the re-opening celebrations.''Store Manager Ben Merriman with charity representatives Sue Coggin and Tonya Kennedy.

Tesco store made two �500 donations to Sheffield charities as part of the re-opening celebrations.''Store Manager Ben Merriman with charity representatives Sue Coggin and Tonya Kennedy.

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A SUPERMARKET in Sheffield made a £1,000 donation to charity as part of its reopening celebrations.

The new Tesco Metro store, on West Street in the city centre, has been closed since early August for extension work.

The Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind and The Children’s Hospital Charity were presented with £500 each before a ribbon was cut to declare the store open for business.

RSB fundraising and marketing manager Sue Coggin said: “Unfortunately our minibus was stolen and written off two weeks ago. It is a vital lifeline to the 70 blind and visually impaired people it brings to our centre at Mappin Street each week.

“I would like to thank Tesco for their donation which will be used for our replacement minibus appeal.”

The money donated to the Children’s Hospital will go towards funding their clown doctors.

Tonya Kennedy, events fundraiser with the charity, said: “The specially trained clown doctors bring fun, magic and smiles to the wards of the hospital, proving that laughter really is the best medicine.”

Store manager Ben Merriman said: “Both charities offer different, but equally invaluable, services to people living in this city. ”

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