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Local groups benefit from store opening

Tuesday, 29th September 2009.

The opening of Haverhill's new Tesco superstore yesterday (Monday) caused smiles all around for two local groups who were presented with donations.

St Nicholas Hospice Care corporate fundraiser Abby Hunt and community fundraiser Ian Norris were the guests of honour when they received a £1,000 donation from store manager Adrian Jones, after Haverhill Echo readers nominated the charity to receive the donation. Abby and Ian then went on to cut the ribbon, to declare the store officially open for business!

Abby said: “We are delighted that we’ve been nominated Haverhill’s favourite local charity, and we are honoured to have been invited to open the town’s new Tesco store and receive a whopping £1,000 donation.

“The money will go towards caring for local people and their families living with terminal and life threatened illnesses. We hope that this will be the start of a great relationship between the store and the hospice in the future.”

In addition, Haverhill Silver Band performed light music at the store launch, and received a bumper £500 donation too!

Secretary Richard Pannell said: “We were delighted with the invitation to perform at launch, and are really pleased with the £500 donation.

"It will go towards considerable costs incurred in competing in competitions, the next being in North Wales in October. We are also considering the possibility of building our own band room.”

Store manager Adrian said: “I was delighted to meet Abby and Ian.

"St Nicholas Hospice Care does such fantastic work locally, and is clearly a very important charity to the people of Haverhill and so I was more than happy to present them with the donation.

"It was also lovely to have Haverhill Silver Band perform at the store, and they created a fantastic atmosphere.”

Adrian continued: “It was lovely to see the store so busy and meet our customers. I hope they are pleased with the store and will enjoy shopping at it.

“I would also like to thank my staff who worked so hard to make the new store such a success. It looks great and I am very proud of their hard work.”

The launch celebrations do not end there - you can visit the store on Saturday (October 3) for a free family fun day featuring an environmentally-themed children’s workshop, free face painting and treats from costume bunny rabbits Topsy and Flopsy.

The store now offers customers a range of products, from everyday essentials to dairy, fresh fruit and veg, frozen food, and beers, wines and spirits.

In addition, the store has fresh meat and fish counters as well as a bakery.

The new store also has non-food departments including clothing, health and beauty, toys, home entertainment, and a cookshop and homeshop.

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