Sainsbury’s driver puts his best foot forward in aid of Support Dogs

Bristol Sainsbury’s worker Simon Porter has put his best foot forward in support of his employer’s new charity of the year.

The online driver at the Winterstoke Road superstore has just completed the Coast to Coast Walk in aid of Support Dogs, a national charity which trains assistance dogs for children and adults with autism, epilepsy and physical disabilities.

Simon, who was accompanied by his 20-year-old son James, a Royal Marine musician, completed the tough 192 mile walk from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire in 11 days.

“I’ve wanted take on this challenge for a long time, so decided to take this opportunity to do it in support of Support Dogs, and kick off the new partnership,” said Simon. He raised a fantastic £500 for Support Dogs.

During the next 12 months local people will get the chance to meet some of the charity’s canine stars, and find out how they can support its life-changing work with people with a range of serious medical conditions.

Simon’s store colleagues and volunteers will hold several store collections at Sainsbury’s throughout the year, and run a second-hand book table for customers.

Store manager at Sainsbury’s Lindsey Colesaid: “We’re very pleased to be working with Support Dogs over the next 12 months. They’re a fantastic charity that make a practical difference to many people’s lives, and we hope to raise thousands of pounds to support their activities.”

Danny Anderson, fundraising manager for Support Dogs, who are based in Sheffield, said: “We’re thrilled that Sainsbury’s in Winterstoke Road has made us their charity of the year, and it’s great that Simon has already kicked off with his sponsored walk.

“We’re very much looking forward to working with staff and customers to raise awareness and cash that will help us to carry out our vital work that can transform people’s lives, enabling them to be more fulfilled and independent.

“We’re the charity that gives dogs a second chance, as many of our dogs are unwanted pets or come from rescue centres, yet can be trained to do the most extraordinary things for their owners.”