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Humbled by gift donation

Coun Cheryl Little with Jane Travis and Steph Andrew from Sainsbury's who donated supplies to a needy man during Christmas.

Coun Cheryl Little with Jane Travis and Steph Andrew from Sainsbury's who donated supplies to a needy man during Christmas.

 

A Fylde councillor has given her thanks to two supermarket workers who donated gift hampers to a needy man during Christmas.

Coun Cheryl Little, cabinet member for social wellbeing, praised two staff members at Sainsbury’s in St Annes for their kind efforts.

Store workers Jane Travis and Steph Andrew donated supplies from the St Andrews Road North supermarket to the man, who Coun Little described as living in “very poor conditions”.

Coun Little added: “At this time of year, and I don’t want to point fingers, but it’s hard to get the services during the festive period

“I was made aware of this man’s situation a few days before Christmas. I went round to see him and discovered he was living in very, very poor conditions.

“His home was cold and it seemed he had given up. He had no decorations up and no Christmas tree. I just felt at this time of year I had to do something.”

A visit to Sainsbury’s on December 23 led to her speaking to Steph and Jane, who in turn produced two pallets’ worth of items, including a hot water bottle, gloves, hats, a scarf as well as a range of foods and tinned goods.

Coun Little added: “I had asked at the store if there was any chance of taking some food to him and they both said give us an hour and we’ll see what we can do.

“When I came back, they had collected all sorts of items – it seemed like they had been up and down every aisle.”

Coun Little revealed she took the items to the man in her ward of Fairhaven, who was “extremely humbled” by the generosity of the store.

Store manager Dave Grayson said: “This was not something we did for public relations, it was just to help the guy out.

“It isn’t something we generally do, but when Coun Little came to the store and explained the situation, we were happy to help out.”

 

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