City Councillor warming up to get ‘chilli’ under the collar for charity – 11 February 2015

Published: 27th January 2015

Sainsbury’s strolling and striding along for charity with help from Spiderman

Staff at the Didcot supermarket Sainsbury’s will be showing that they really do make a difference locally by strolling and striding along through the countryside in aid of charity.

On Sunday, February 1st a large group of workers from the store along with supporters from the Didcot community at large will be taking part in a sponsored walk to raise funds for local charities through the Play2Give fundraising campaign.

The store in the Orchard Centre chose Play2Give as their local fundraising partner of the year last July and so far has raised around £1,500 through a wide variety of fundraising activities, and it is hoped the very first Sainsbury’s Sponsored Stroll Supporting Play2Give will raise a few hundreds of pounds.

Play2Give is a fundraising organisation which raises funds through organising events and projects for Oxford Childrens Hospital, the local brain injury charity, Headway Oxfordshire, and the John Radcliffe Hospital’s Paediatric Eye Fund, all of which benefits through the year of fundraising support that the store has committed to a years worth of fundraising and awareness to.

The stroll, a 6-miler, starts and finishes at the supermarket through to Upton and back, with a pub pit stop at The George and Dragon in Upton, before the walk back.  The group of strollers including Play2Give’s Andrew Baker, will set off from outside the store at 12.30pm.

Even the greatest hero of them all, Spiderman, will be giving a helping hand inspiring the pack along their way.  This will be Andrew himself who will be dressed as the infamous web-slinging character to raise extra laughs and funds along the way from hopeful passers-by, with Andrew also having his hair dyed especially for the walk, after taking on a challenge set to him by the stores workers where if he raises £200 in sponsorship himself his hair becomes just as colourful as Spiderman.

Andrew from Didcot set up Play2Give in September, 2007, with a small team of friends and since its inception the fundraising group has gone on to raise over £32,000 for local charities to date, with over £26,500 of this for the Oxford Children’s Hospital.

Even a couple of the supermarket workers donning shorts for sure as fancy dress attire, and possibly even a minion and Batman might make appearances.

Various members of the public including the Didcot community, and even some supporters from Oxford, as well as walkers friends and families, and even dogs, will be joining in the fun, where an array of other fancy dress delights will be seen.

Every walker is encouraged to raise £20 minimum sponsorship to aid the charities.

For more information, see or speak to Andrew Baker, Play2Give co-ordinator, on 07939064308 or Veronica Dallas, PR Ambassador at the store, who are organising the walk, on or 01235 814159 to arrange media interviews and/or photography.