Charity boost for Melton supermarket

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Staff at a Melton supermarket have received a £1,000 boost towards their fundraising for the Sue Ryder charity which supports people with life-changing illnesses.

Morrisons, based in the town’s Vale of Belvoir Shopping Centre, was one of 40 branches across the UK to be awarded the cash in a competition after sales of The Health Lottery tickets increased by 41 per cent over a two-month period.

The money raised from the initiative will go towards the new Morrisons-funded Sue Ryder services being established in local communities, including community healthcare services and family support teams, as well as the charity’s national online community and support.

Morrisons spokesperson Guy Mason said “The national competition really motivated our store colleagues to push sales of the lottery tickets, enabling our national charity partner Sue Ryder to fund further community healthcare services in locations across the UK.”

Samantha Cheverton, assistant director of palliative services at Sue Ryder, said: “The money donated to Sue Ryder by The Health Lottery will make an enormous difference to the services we are able to provide, helping us to provide more incredible care to people at the end of their lives and support for their families. On behalf of everyone at Sue Ryder I’d like to thank The Health Lottery and Morrisons for their support.”

The supermarket chain has helped to raise £4 million for local health projects through the sale of the lottery tickets.