The colleagues of the year awards party was held at the Didcot Civic Centre celebrating all the very best of the store's outstanding staff and departments in one night - and as always with our Andrew as a honorary guest and former checkouts colleague - they sure knew how to party the night away.
17 categories was handed out at the party with awards including Team Leader of the Year, Manager of the Year, Checkouts Colleague of the Year to the big one - Store Colleague of the Year. The store is always very generous and committed when it comes to raising money for good causes, such as with their local charity of the year partnerships, however this time they decided to hold a raffle on the night for two desginated and very special charities and alongside Diabetes UK, Play2Give was delighted to be one of the beneficiaries.
Sainsbury's Didcot raised an increible record £4,310 as part of their charity year in 2014-2015 for us, of which all the money raised benefited Oxford Children's Hospital and the John Radcliffe Paediatric Eye Fund as well as Headway Oxfordshire, and, is such that our organisation has remained a favourite amongst store staff. This year alone we have had nightshift colleague Lee Crook hold a mega Easter Egg Raffle in March to Billy Collins, from groceries online, take on a sponsored slimathon to raise funds for Robin's Ward at the hospital.
The total raised from the raffle donated to Play2Give amounts to a great £64.75. The other half was raised for Diabetes UK - one of their colleagues, Chantelle, ran the London Marathon in May for the Diabetes charity and raised over £2,000! We would like to say and extend our hugest thanks to all our friends at the store for supporting Play2Give in this way at their Colleague of the Year Awards 2016 - it was very much a great, lovely surprise and gesture!