Sainsbury’s raises over £3k for PAKT

Deputy store manager David Sterrett presenting the cheque to Maurice Shearer, PAKT programme coordinator, along with parents and children from the PAKT group.  INCT 24-722-CON
Deputy store manager David Sterrett presenting the cheque to Maurice Shearer, PAKT programme coordinator, along with parents and children from the PAKT group. INCT 24-722-CON

Sainsbury’s Carrickfergus has raised £3379 for the local PAKT (Parents and Kids Together) group.

The funds were collected for the group, part of Carrickfergus YMCA, during the Local Charity of the Year scheme.

The PAKT ethos is to bring the family unit together by concentrating on relationships between parents and children, the group said.

The programme is split into four elements, namely programmes for primary school age children (from P2 to P7), programmes for teenagers, programmes for parents and the fourth element brings all the family together.

The group was chosen by customers and colleagues last June and has received support from the store for the past year.

Activities have included collection days and supporting their Bible and cookery classes.

Sainsbury’s Carrickfergus colleague Christine Shannon also volunteered for PAKT allowing the charity to receive an additional £200 through a Local Heroes grant.

David Sterrett, deputy store manager of Sainsbury’s Carrickfergus, said: “We’ve had an excellent year supporting PAKT, our customers and colleagues have got involved with a number of fundraising activities. We’d like to thank everyone at PAKT for making it such a brilliant partnership.”

Maurice Shearer, PAKT coordinator added: “We’d like to thank the customers and colleagues at Sainsbury’s in Carrickfergus for their support over the past year. It has made such a difference to PAKT and we’re extremely grateful for the donations and awareness we’ve been able to raise.”

Customers can vote for the store’s new partner until June 28 in-store and online at www.sainsburyslocalcharity.co.uk.

Sainsbury’s Carrickfergus will reveal their shortlist later this month.