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A cheerful celebration was had by all in the Sainsbury's, Leek staff canteen when volunteers of Homelink and colleagues of Sainsbury's decided to raise money for the Homelink charity which provides services that will enable older people to remain independent.

Sainsbury's in Leek and Biddulph donated flowers to distribute to the members and the cards were hand painted by one the volunteers, Colin Hayes.

The cakes were made by colleagues of Sainsbury's and volunteers of Homelink. They all clubbed together to make the day a great success.


A SET of charity Christmas cards depicting street scenes of Leek has gone on sale in town.

Leek's famous monument, St Edward Street and Derby Street all feature on the charity cards being sold in aid of Moorlands Home Link, a charity serving the elderly and housebound in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Based on original artwork by Moorlands Home Link volunteer Colin Hayes, from Cheadle, the cards were launched at a coffee morning, attended by town mayor John Fisher, at Sainsbury's in Macclesfield Road, Leek last Wednesday.

The supermarket, which chose to support the registered charity with a year of fund-raising, entertained elderly Home Link members and volunteers at a coffee morning in store. Sainsbury's is now selling the cards, priced at £2.50 per pack of five or £4 for two packs, on their customer service desk in store. They will also be available from the office of Leek Town Council, in Stockwell Street each weekday apart from Thursday.

Proceeds from all sales will go to support the charity's befriending service in Leek as well as its many lunch clubs in outlying villages. Befriending co-ordinator Diane Sellers said: “Moorlands Home Link supports elderly people in all three Moorlands towns of Leek, Cheadle and Biddulph and we now have nearly 200 elderly members who live alone and enjoy either phone calls or visits from volunteers offering them friendship and support on a weekly basis.

“The cards are on sale at the office of Moorlands Home Link, in Charles Street, Cheadle along with packs depicting Cheadle and several villages including Ipstones, Alton and Kinsgley. We are grateful to Sainsbury's and Leek Town Council for providing us with extra outlets in Leek.”

Sainsbury's PR Ambassador, Heather Fryer-Winder, said: “We are really pleased to be working with such a worthwhile charity and it was a pleasure to meet so many members and volunteers at our coffee morning.”

Home Link now offers a bathing service to elderly people in all areas of the Moorlands who may need support to take a bath or shower in their own homes.

Home Link Manager Helen Wainwright said: “We provide vital support to the elderly 365 days a year and we are very grateful to Sainsbury's for their help as we are always striving to cover our costs and raise awareness of what we do.”

To find out more, contact Moorlands Home Link on 01538 750511


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