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Sainsbury's charity champion raises more than £8,000 for good causes

PUBLISHED: 08:06 12 February 2013 | UPDATED: 08:06 12 February 2013

Sue Lynn, the charity champion at Sainsbury's in Pound Lane who has helped raise thousands of pounds, with SAFA case worker Wendy Montgomery and SAFA chairman Stuart Fidler.
Photo by Simon Finlay

Sue Lynn, the charity champion at Sainsbury's in Pound Lane who has helped raise thousands of pounds, with SAFA case worker Wendy Montgomery and SAFA chairman Stuart Fidler. Photo by Simon Finlay

Archant Norfolk

She has dressed up, organised parties and given up countless hours of her time all in the name of charity.

Over the past four years, Sue Lynn from Blofield has raised more than £8,000 for a clutch of worthy causes.

But now the mum-of-one is about to take on a new challenge as she focuses on helping a organisation close to her heart.

Mrs Lynn, who lives in Stocks Lane, Blofield, with her husband, Andy, a self-employed fencer and their daughter, Samantha, 14, is the charity champion at Sainsbury’s in Pound Lane, Thorpe St Andrew.

“When I first heard about the charity champion scheme, I thought I could make a difference. I have always done charity work. Any time I can help or get involved in something, I will,” Mrs Lynn said.

“I feel very pleased that I can help. It’s all about the charity and raising awareness.

“Customers are very generous, they are amazing.”

To raise the money Mrs Lynn has organised bag packs, bucket donations, a live band evening, disco, tea party, raffle and she has held themed days in-store for the Royal Wedding and the Olympics.

Through the Sainsbury’s hero scheme, she has managed to increase her charity contributions by a further £700. Despite starting work as an online shopper at 5am three days a week, the charity champion role is entirely voluntary and Mrs Lynn carries all the work out in her own time.

“As a store, we partner up with local charities. Staff and customers can nominate a charity. Previous charities have included the Hamlet Centre Trust and the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

This year the store is supporting The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA), a national charity which helps servicemen and their families, and in April, Mrs Lynn will relinquish her role as charity champion and she will focus on fundraising for SSAFA.

Stuart Fidler, chairman of the Norfolk branch of SSAFA, thanked Mrs Lynn and the staff and customers at the store for their support.

“It’s wonderful,” he said. “Norfolk is a large county and we have got 80 volunteers. Last year we visited about 800 people in the area. We help people of all ages.”

Have you done something amazing for charity? Call Lucy Wright on 01603 772439 or email lucy.wright@archant.co.uk

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