Wednesday, 25 November 2015

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West Cumbrian charity champion in ‘Star’ awards final

A hardworking fundraiser is in line to scoop a top award for her remarkable efforts.

Alison Sharpe photo
Alison Sharpe

Alison Sharpe, Workington Tesco’s community champion, has nearly hit the £8,000 mark for the company’s charity – Diabetes UK – in just under a year.

And thanks to Alison’s colleagues, who secretly nominated her in the company’s Charity Star awards, she has won the regional heat and is now through to the national finals.

The 45-year-old has stumped up the cash through numerous events held at the New Bridge Road store, including charity discos, stalls and sponsored cycle rides and she has many more planned for the coming weeks.

“For a store the size of ours, it’s phenomenal that we’ve raised this much,” Alison said. “I do put a lot of time into organising the events – I just like to help and I love getting as much money as possible for charities.

“It was quite moving when I found out that my colleagues had nominated me.”

Alison said that she wouldn’t have been able to raise such a large amount of cash, if it hadn’t have been for her partner Rod Smith, who is fighting a rare form of terminal cancer.

Rod, a well-known DJ in the town, has often played at charity parties as well as helping Alison make many of the charity goody bags to sell in store, which she does in her own time at their home in Harrington.

Alison received the regional award at Hartlepool on Sunday and she will find out if she has been successful in the finals later on this year.


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