Children in Melton and the borough can still go on summer outings thanks to Sainsbury’s fundraiser

Children on one of Pixie's Passage first trips to Alton Towers in August 2012. EMN-140610-095349001
Children on one of Pixie's Passage first trips to Alton Towers in August 2012. EMN-140610-095349001
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A selfless couple who provide excursions for children during the summer holidays say they couldn’t have done it this year without the help of shoppers and staff at Sainsbury’s in Melton.

Tina Page and husband Neil from Old Dalby, rely on charitable donations to run ‘Pixie’s Passage’ which takes up to 14 children via a minibus on four summer trips, with the only cost being the admission fee.

The couple have provided outings for the last four years. But they had been struggling for funds to continue their good will gesture until Sainsbury’s allowed them to fundraise at the store.

Tina said: “Sainsbury’s offered a bag packing slot on one of the busiest Christmas shopping days of the year. Parents and children worked hard throughout the day and we managed to raise enough for this summer.

“The checkout staff were really polite and helpful and the support we’ve had from shoppers is overwhelming. We couldn’t have done it without them and so I thank all those who have helped us.”

Pixie’s Passage tries to ensure children aren’t bored and are safe during the school summer holidays.

The funds raised will allow youngsters to visit Belvoir Castle, Splash Landing at Alton Towers, Sundown Adventure Land and Drayton Manor.