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Southend Sainsbury's Southend names Trust Links as their new Local Charity of the Year

FOLLOWING an online and in-store customer vote, Sainsbury’s Southend has announced that Trust Links will be the store’s new Local Charity of the Year for 2016 - 2017.
Trust Links provides support to people experiencing mental health problems through therapeutic gardening. Trust Links offers a quiet place to think and relax and provides access to new skills in horticulture, leading to job opportunities.
This year’s Local Charity scheme began at the end of May, when colleagues shortlisted a maximum of three charities to be put forward to the customer vote. Trust Links received the most votes and will receive a year’s worth of fundraising and awareness-raising from the store.
To celebrate the announcement, a launch day will take place at the Southend store on Tuesday August 2. Customers will get the chance to meet representatives from the charity and learn more about the work they do.
Matt King from Trust Links said: "We’d like to thank everyone who voted for us.
"Becoming Sainsbury’s Southend Local Charity of the Year will make a huge difference to our charity. We’re looking forward to the partnership and working closely with the colleagues at the Southend store.”
Shaun Gadsby, store manager at Sainsbury’s Southend added: "I’d like to say congratulations to Trust Links.
"It’s great to be working with a new charity this year. My colleagues are really excited about the partnership.”
The Local Charity scheme is now in its eighth year. The scheme has raised over £11 million to support local charities since 2009.