Hemel Hempstead’s Sainsbury’s stores have been busy spreading festive cheer to shoppers.
Charity Home Instead Care provided a Christmas tree to the Apsley Mill store with labels written by lonely people who may not be getting a present at all. Customers embraced the season of goodwill by buying all 120 of the gifts requested on the tags in just 12 hours.
The store’s Clare Williams said: “It is very rewarding knowing that more than 120 local residents will now receive a gift this Christmas.
!Some of our colleagues were disappointed that all the tags were gone when they had finished their shifts. It was utterly amazing how the local community purchased all these presents within 12 hours.”
The Home Instead team collected the gifts from the London Road store before wrapping them and delivering them to old folk at The Centre in the Park at the edge of Gadebridge Park.
A series of carol concerts over two days at the Woodhall Farm store also raised £361 for its charity of the year, Age UK Dacorum.
The Chiltern Ladies Choir and Berkhamsted Glee choir performed at several intervals over Saturday and Sunday, with £190 of the total raised in just one hour.
Age UK Dacorum’s Melanie Clarke said: “The money raised was absolutely amazing, I only wish we could have been there for longer.
“The money will be used to help fund a COGS dementia support group in Hemel Hempstead. Our club in Tring is working very well and we have just been given funding to start one in Berkhamsted, too.”