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Sainsbury’s staff volunteer with Scottish Veterans Residences

Initiative is part of the supermarket’s 150th birthday celebrations which include 150 days of volunteering across the UK. 

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Staff from Sainsbury’s Meadowbank have been volunteering with Scottish Veterans Residences (SVR) in Edinburgh. This initiative is part of the supermarket’s 150th birthday celebrations which include 150 days of volunteering across the UK that continues the company’s history of putting local communities first.

Sainsbury’s volunteers have painted planters in bright colours, brought garden furniture back to life and helped to prepare for an Armed Forces Day barbeque at the Whitefoord House residence which is home to over 80 armed forces veterans. 

Sainsbury’s Store Manager Martin Lowe said: “We’re really excited to be helping a local cause so close to our hearts – it’s a great way for our colleagues to come together and support the community. It’s so important for us to give back to our local community and what better time than in our 150th year.”

Susie Hamilton, Head of External Relations at SVR, said: “Our veterans and staff are very impressed by the commitment from Sainsbury’s Meadowbank. Having Sainsbury’s staff volunteer with us has made a huge improvement to the outside spaces for our residents to enjoy. 

“It has been a pleasure to meet such friendly, willing and enthusiastic volunteers.”

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “In this landmark year, we want to give back to the communities we have been a part of for a century and a half and bring them into the celebrations. The diversity of causes that our colleagues care about just goes to show the values that run through our business – and we’re looking forward to seeing the impact these 150 days has on the people we care about.”