Charity partnership a recipe for success

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Blending food and first aid has been a winning combination for charity St Andrew’s First Aid, as their partnership with Sainsbury’s at Broughty Ferry has resulted in a fund raising total of £4682.24.

The charity’s Monifieth Corps Company was selected as Sainsbury’s Local Charity of the Year in 2014 and throughout the partnership, both organisations have worked hard to raise funds amounting to the equivalent of three life-saving defibrillators.

Alison Low, cadet leader and trainer with St Andrew’s First Aid Monifieth Company said: “We are extremely grateful to Sainsbury’s for choosing to support St Andrew’s First Aid Monifieth Company this year.

“We have thoroughly enjoyed working in partnership with the store and have benefitted greatly from the generosity of their customers and the dedication of their staff to our cause.

“This, in turn, will be used to support our local community through the provision of high quality first aid cover at events, delivered by competent and confident first aiders, community first aid awareness sessions and a new skill and hobby opportunity for the young people in our local area through St Andrew’s First Aid Cadets.”

St Andrew’s First Aid volunteers from the Monifieth Company held can collections, packed bags, held Christmas competitions and ran a tombola, as well as demonstrating life-saving first aid skills in store.

They also provided training for some of Sainsbury’s staff in basic first aid.

The Sainsbury’s team organised a sponsored cycle, a quiz night, a Christmas Show and a football game, as well as donating money raised from the sale of carrier bags.

Paula Rock, store manager, said: “We’ve had an excellent year supporting St. Andrew’s First Aid, our customers and colleagues have got involved with a number of fundraising activities. We’d like to thank everyone at St. Andrew’s First Aid for making it such a brilliant partnership.”

The highlight of the year was the production of a series of first aid videos to teach basic life-saving skills and raise awareness of the need for good quality first aid training, and can be viewed on the St Andrew’s First Aid website.