Tesco Burnley staff have been thanked after they raised £7,635 to help their Pendleside Hospice.

The fundraising effort was led by the store’s Community Champion, Mukhtar Mirza, who has been named ’Fundraiser the Year’ by the hospice in recognition of his efforts.

The money was raised through a variety of events and activities. 

In the Burnley Extra store, a community bookshop made up of donations from customers was set up.

Locals picked up pre-loved books and were invited to donate to the hospice in return. The bookshop was a massive success and its customers raised more than £2,000.

Local organisations supporting young people such as The Prince's Trust and Police Cadets also got involved.

Fully equipped with donation buckets, they visited the store and collected money for the hospice. 

Mukhtar said: “Pendleside Hospice took care of my father a few days before he passed away.

"Ever since, the hospice has had a great place in my heart due to the exceptional care, not just my father received, but also my family.

“Fundraising with the team at Tesco for Pendleside Hospice’s Corporate Challenge was just the opportunity I have been waiting for.

"Giving something back in return for the support my family received during our darkest time has been such a privilege.”

Head of corporate fundraising at Pendleside Hospice, Elaine Middleton, said: “Although Mukhtar has only been with Tesco Extra in Burnley a relatively short time, he has made great strides in his role as Community Champion and supported Pendleside at every opportunity. 

“He has enabled the sale of second-hand books in store to raise funds in a sustainable and eco-friendly way, whilst also hosting awareness days in store.

“Not only has he championed Pendleside and several other local charities by donating various items, he has also helped other businesses in the Corporate Challenge by donating items that can be used to aid their fundraising.

"A true supporter and well-deserved award winner – thank you Mukhtar!”

Hamper baskets of surplus products were donated to local businesses who used them in raffles to raise money for the hospice, and the hospice received around 84 bags of clothing which were donated by customers and colleagues to be sold in its charity shop. 

Pendleside Hospice in Burnley provides specialist care for people facing life-threatening illnesses and those closest to them.

The hospice is at the heart of the local community and acts as a lifeline of care and compassion when families need it most.