Local hospice seeks public support in Tesco retail bid

14th April 2014

Hospice at Home team from Lincoln North

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice is battling to win coveted Tesco retail prize and asks the Lincolnshire public to back their bid

St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice is urging the local community to get behind their bid to win the ‘Yours for a Year’ competition worth £45,000. The highly coveted prize would see St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice receive one rent-free year in a unit at Tesco’s new Wragby Road site.

The local Lincolnshire hospice was shortlisted for the prize after successfully answering a brief which was to explain how they would successfully run a unit with the aim of supporting and providing job opportunities for young people aged between 16 and 25 in Lincoln.

Phil Brandon, Commercial Manager for St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice, said:

“St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice has a long history of encouraging young people to get involved with fundraising and volunteering, and offers great support and encouragement for them to reach their potential and succeed.

“’Yours for a Year’ is a fantastic opportunity for us to assist the young people of Lincoln back into the work place. We have already started to employ retail apprentices and become involved in work placements for schools; we are encouraging younger volunteers to join us and are supporting them whilst they take relevant qualifications.”

Phil added: “We intend to further strengthen our involvement with the education services to encourage young adult placements. We will encourage partnerships with students and young entrepreneurs and work with them to display their products or practice their skills.”

A public vote will determine the winner for the ‘Yours for a Year’ competition with voting forms available weekly from the Lincolnshire Echo and the Tesco Wragby Road store where they can also be handed in for counting. Forms can also be handed in to any St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice shop, voting will close on Friday 2nd May and the winner of the competition will be announced in the Echo on Thursday 8th May.

Phil concludes: “Young people in the workplace are a real asset as they have so much to offer, from youthful exuberance, boundless positivity and a plethora of new ideas. It would be utterly fantastic to win the ‘Yours for a Year’ competition and play an active part in creating chances for the young people in our community.”

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