A CHARITY that helps the most vulnerable in Cam and Dursley is to have its good work boosted by a new partnership with a nearby supermarket.

Homestart Cam and Dursley District has been selected to be Sainsbury’s Dursley branch’s charity of the year, meaning they will aid them with fundraising and raising awareness.

The group supports those needing an extra hand for many reasons, including post-natal illness, disability, bereavement, the illness of a parent or child or social isolation.

Representatives from Homestart were on hand to greet customers throughout the day and positioned change buckets throughout the store at the charity of the year launch event on Thursday, August 7.

The group will be using the raised funds to refurbish buildings and to help towards outings.

Angela Lovegrove from Homestart said: “We know the success that the Local Charity partnership has bought to many charities in Dursley so when we received the recent phone call to tell us the news, we were thrilled.

“We hope the partnership will help raise awareness of our cause to the store’s customers and will help us develop the important service we provide to the community.”

The Dursley store on Castle Street last year raised £1,400 for 1st Dursley scouts and this year both customers and store staff could vote on who should benefit this time around.

Sainsbury’s Dursley store manager Nick Langridge said: “We’ve had a great response from our customers this year, both through in-store and online votes.

“We’re delighted to have chosen a charity which touched many of our colleagues’ hearts. We will now be working closely with the charity to ensure they really benefit over the next 12 months.”