By Kelly Wickham
To mark the 25-year partnership between Sainsbury’s and The Royal British Legion, Sainsbury’s Chichester hosted a special tea party to thank current members of the armed forces, veterans and their families for their contributions.
Sainsbury’s Chichester commemorated the occasion with 91-year-old Sainsbury’s colleague and veteran Des Burnard, who served in the Royal Navy for 14 years.
Des, who is also celebrating his 14th year with Sainsbury’s, is one of the supermarket’s oldest employees – and still works four days a week.
Des was presented with a bespoke bouquet which Sainsbury’s has dedicated to his late father, Ernest, better known as Bob, who served as part of the Royal Sussex Regiment in the First World War as an infantryman.
Guests were treated to a performance from the D-Day Darlings, a wartime act and Britain’s Got Talent stars.
All proceeds from poppies go directly to the charity to provide vital support services. Sainsbury’s customers, colleagues and suppliers hope to top last year’s total of £3.8 million.
Judith Batchelar, director of Sainsbury’s Brand, said: “We’re extremely proud to be a long-standing partner of The Royal British Legion. Twenty five years on, we want to continue to work with our customers, colleagues and suppliers to raise as much money as we can to support the charity and the amazing work they do.
“This year, we hope to raise more money than ever before and today’s tea parties are just one of the many ways our colleagues are saying thank you to the communities we serve.”
To find out more about how to support The Royal British Legion, visit: britishlegion.org.uk