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Sue Ryder Extends Charitable Hand to New Normanton B&M

13 May 2015

One of the UK’s most famous charities gave its support to the opening of the latest B&M store in Derby.

Sue Ryder – a charity providing free care to people with life-changing and life-limiting illnesses – was gratefully received at B&M’s brand new Bargains store which opened on Wednesday morning in Normanton.

Representatives from the charity’s local branch were special guests at the new store, a former Co-Op on Stenson Road which has created 30 jobs in the city.

They were joined by Mayor of Derby, Councillor Shiraz Khan who accepted an invitation to be part of the opening ceremony and cut the ribbon to officially open the store.

The charity, which has provided palliative care and support for suffers of a range of illnesses for over 60 years, were invited to take part in the opening ceremony after being nominated by store colleagues.

Sue Ryder was awarded £250 worth of B&M vouchers as a thank you for opening the store and being part of landmark day for B&M.

The charity must raise approximately £13 million a year in order to provide 4 million hours of care nationwide, and volunteers were invited to bag pack throughout the day to help with fundraising.

Linda Beard, Area Support Manager for Sue Ryder said: "We are delighted to celebrate the opening of the new B&M Normanton store alongside the Mayor of Derby.

“We are grateful to the new colleagues for nominating Sue Ryder and giving us the opportunity to further highlight the vital work we do in the community.”

Leigh Burr, store manager at B&M Normanton said: “We’re really proud to have created another 30 jobs this year and continue to play our part in the local community.

“We are excited to open our doors and we have a team of colleagues who are willing to provide great value products and world class service to our customers.”

Customers can expect a wide variety of branded and own label products from its convenient location on Stenson Road.

Shoppers will find groceries and toiletries as well as an extensive non-food section including toys, home, electrical and seasonal ranges.

The new store is the third in Derby and joins stores at the Meteor Centre and Ascot Drive in the city. The increase in employment opportunities is a welcome boost for the local economy and is further demonstration of B&M’s commitment to investing in local communities.