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Inverness supermarket staff raise more than £9000 for Haven Appeal in charity skydive


By Gregor White


Tesco staff take part in a skydive for the Haven Appeal.
Tesco staff take part in a skydive for the Haven Appeal.

Staff at Inverness's Tesco Extra store took part in the skydive along with colleagues from other Highland stores.

They were raising cash for the £4 million Haven Appeal which aims to develop Scotland’s first multi-purpose centre in Inverness for children and young people with severe disabilities.

Tesco staff take part in a skydive for the Haven Appeal.
Tesco staff take part in a skydive for the Haven Appeal.

Store manager Andy Gray was among 18 Inverness staff joined by colleagues from Tesco stores in the city centre, Ness-side and Dingwall plus two husbands of colleagues and customer Mhairi Chisholm.

“Over the last few years, the store has completed, many risk-taking activities to raise money for local charities from bungee jumping to firewalking,” Mr Gray said.

“The team here at Inverness Extra aren’t afraid to get involved so I suggested a skydive as it’s been on my bucket list for a while. I was amazed by the interest from colleagues and when we decided the Haven Appeal would be the beneficiary the colleagues were inspired to help.”

Mr Gray said the store had worked with the Elsie Normington Foundation, which launched the appeal, and its founder for a number of years. “Given how local the store is to the project, it made sense to help and support this wonderful charity,” he said.

Tesco staff take part in a skydive for the Haven Appeal.
Tesco staff take part in a skydive for the Haven Appeal.

The skydive took place at Strathallan in Perthshire.

“Everyone loved the experience and the team at Skydive Strathallan was fantastic and eased everyone’s nerves,” he said. “We have raised £9062 and would like to thank family and friends, customers and colleagues who helped us raise such an amazing amount for the Haven Appeal.”

The proposed Haven Centre is set for a brownfield site in Murray Road, Smithton. It was previously occupied by the Culloden Court Nursing Home but has been derelict since the building was destroyed by a fire in October 2010.

Tesco staff take part in a skydive for the Haven Appeal.
Tesco staff take part in a skydive for the Haven Appeal.

The complex will include three two-bedroom respite houses, a community café, specialist play centres, office and meeting spaces and a community garden.

For more, visit www.havenappeal.org.uk



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