Rotherham supermarket opening is marked with community cash giveaway

Community groups have been granted funding by Tesco.
Community groups have been granted funding by Tesco.
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A new £40 million supermarket has donated thousands to good causes after opening its doors in Rotherham.

The Tesco Extra store, on Drummond Street, celebrated its opening day by choosing 13 local organisations to share a £5,000 giveaway.

New Tesco Charity Giveaway

New Tesco Charity Giveaway

Brain injury charity Headway Rotherham was among the beneficiaries.

Elaine Mentlak, 57, collected the £500 cheque on behalf of the charity after it helped her recover from a brain injury.

She said: “It was the fact you weren’t on your own. Other people had been through the same situation and could offer support or tell where to go for advice.”

Rotherham Samaritans also received money for two helplines to help people who may be lonely or in distress.

New Tesco Charity Giveaway

New Tesco Charity Giveaway

Jan Sparrow, director, said: “Every year the calls rise. I’m afraid they are going up all the time. I think particularly at the moment, with Rotherham as it is, there’s been an extra need there.”

Primary schools St Bede’s Catholic School and Rosehill Junior School also collected cheques, along with a number of youth organisations.

Fifteen-year-old Rotherham sea cadet Daisy Wordsworth, of Kimberworth Park, said the £300 awarded to them would go towards repairing their boats so they can go sailing in Thrybergh Country Park.

They also hope to buy bugles and drums to start a marching band.

Neil Leatherland, Rotherham Scouts’ district commisioner, received £500 to be shared between 20 district Scout troops.

He said it would allow them to buy new equipment and fund Duke of Edinburgh Award hikes in North Wales and the Lake District.

Michael Cooke, store manager, said he was ‘delighted’ to donate to community groups.

A total of 290 staff have moved from the old Tesco on Forge Island Market Street to the new site, along with 120 new employees.

Michael said he was pleased with feedback he has received about the new store.

He said: “There’s a buzz in store – you only need to look at the amount of customers who have come in.

“This is a healthy addition to the town.”