Andrew Mitchell MP praises superstore’s commitment to charity schemes in Sutton Coldfield

7th February 2011

Andrew Mitchell MP has visited Sainsbury’s store in Mere Green to the meet the Manager, Mark Pickerell, and his staff to hear how Sainsbury’s are contributing to local charities in Sutton Coldfield.

Mr Mitchell took a tour of the store to meet and chat with some of the staff on duty. He also discussed with the Store Manager Sainsbury’s role in the local community and discussed the store’s contribution to the Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme as well as the Local Charity scheme.

Andrew Mitchell heard how both programmes have donated a great deal of sports and activity equipment to schools, nurseries and Scout and Girl Guiding groups across Sutton Coldfield. He encouraged Sainsbury’s to continue its efforts to make “a positive difference to our community.”

Since it started in 2005, Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme has donated over £100m worth of sports equipment and experiences across the UK. This marks the biggest donation ever of its kind to schools and other youth organisations by a retailer.

Andrew Mitchell MP said, “It is important that large companies such as Sainsbury’s contribute to the local community that they serve.

“Through the Active Kids scheme Sainsbury’s plays an invaluable role in supporting schools, charities and community groups across Sutton Coldfield and I am pleased to hear that their store in Mere Green will continue to build on their local engagement and charity partnerships.”