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Festive cheer at Ipswich supermarket

PUBLISHED: 21:00 24 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

'TIS the season to be jolly.

Staff at an Ipswich superstore put smiles on the faces of shoppers – by singing to them.

Ten songstresses from Sainsbury's, Hadleigh Road, decided to spread a bit of Christmas cheer by giving half-hour carol concerts to their customers in aid of charity.

'TIS the season to be jolly.

Staff at an Ipswich superstore put smiles on the faces of shoppers – by singing to them.

Ten songstresses from Sainsbury's, Hadleigh Road, decided to spread a bit of Christmas cheer by giving half-hour carol concerts to their customers in aid of charity.

The idea stemmed from Linda Haylett and Pat Cordell, who work in customer services and struck a note with shoppers. It was such a success they raised more than £500 in three sessions alone.

Linda, who sings a solo, said: "Everybody has really enjoyed it. It is amazing how much people love it.

"We start off with four songs, beginning with silent night and then we really start rocking with Rock Around the Christmas Tree – and we don't stand still for that."

Linda, who used to be a partner in a Karaoke business, said it's a friendly store where it is not unknown for some of the staff to be singing at the checkouts.

On top of the money raised by carol singing a further £195 was made from a calendar featuring Sainsbury's staff making a grand total of £749.49.

People could get a calendar by making a donation and was such a success the superstore has now sold out.

Other fundraising activities were held during the month and the store expects the final figure to be around £1,200. It includes the last carol singing session at lunchtime on Friday.


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