Russ Abbott drops into Sunningdale store for cash giveaway

Published: 16 May 2013 15:300 comments

FUNNYMAN Russ Abbott stopped off at his local Waitrose store in Sunningdale to dole out some charity cash.

Russ Abbott with (Windsor & Ascot Driving Group for the Disabled) Sally Merrick (group organiser) and Sarah Clunie plus Roy Smith (secretary) and Rebecca Gale at Waitrose charity presentation, Sunningdale. 132781

Russ, who lives in Wentworth and is a regular at the London Road shop, popped in to give a host of local charities a share of a £3,000 cash giveaway.

Representatives of nine local charities and good causes were at the presentation in the store, which donates £1,000 a month through its community matters scheme.

Three local good causes are chosen every month and customers vote for how they would like the money to be split by placing a token, which they receive at the checkout, in the relevant Perspex box, situated behind the checkouts at the store.

Department manager Jem Pettit said: "The evening was a great success and it was good to know how the £3,000 would help the local community.

"Russ was great with the representatives of the charities; a true professional. He went round and met everybody and had his picture taken with them.

"He came as a favour to us, which is really admirable. He's a regular shopper with us; we see him in here most days. He finished his visit with a joke. It was a great visit."

The organisations which benefitted were The Ascot Project, which aims to improve the lives of older people. They walked away with £446. Also pocketing charity cash was Pipe Dreams Organ Fund, which was given £304. The money will go towards refurbishing the Harrison Pipe organ in the chancel of Holy Trinity Church, Sunningdale.

Cheapside Primary School's gardening club was given £250, and £295 went to Young Epilepsy, which acts to improve the lives of young people with the condition.

Also benefiting from the charity giveaway was Children With Special Needs Foundation, which got £421. Sunninghill-based Autism Trust benefitted to the tune of £284, which it will use to create a future with purpose for children with autism. Representatives of Windsor & Eton Driving For The Disabled collected £347 and Friends Of Bagshot Infant School Association were given £204.

SSAFA, the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen & families Association Windsor & Maidenhead Division, was also awarded £449.

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