A local charity supporting older people in the community has benefited from a partnership between Sainsbury’s and national building contractors Lynx Forecourt Ltd.

The Harrogate Easier Living Project is the current designated charity for the superstore on Wetherby Road and has already benefited from a series of fundraising activities and awareness raising events, with over £4,000 having been raised so far. Now the charity has received a further boost from Sainsbury’s ‘Supplier of the Year 2013’ Lynx Forecourt. This has taken the form of a donation of £700 worth of vouchers and materials for its Help at Home project.

Help at Home supports older and vulnerable people with practical tasks around the home to help them feel more confident about living independently. Jobs include decorating, small DIY tasks and gardening and are carried out by two Service Support Workers with the help of volunteers.

Lynx Forecourt is currently in the middle of a 12 week extension to Sainsbury’s existing ‘Goods Online’ building to create a new outlet for their internet customers. Lynx was keen to contribute to the store’s chosen charity while they were carrying out the building works.

Christine Turner, Service Coordinator for Help at Home, said: “Whilst we do receive some funding from statutory bodies and donations from clients, it is never enough to pay for materials and equipment. The cost of small items like brushes, rollers, paint and masking tape soon adds up so we are delighted by this incredibly generous donation from Lynx. It is another great example of how our partnership with Sainsbury’s is offering real benefits to the charity and the people we support.”

Simon Bishop, Contracts Manager at Lynx Forecourt, said: “Lynx were happy to be able to provide a donation along with materials for this wonderful local charity whilst building the new Goods Online building for Sainsbury’s.”

Anyone interested in finding out more about Help at Home or the Harrogate Easier Living Project can get in touch with Christine Turner on 01423 813096 or chris@harcvs.org.uk