LEEDS, UK, 2016-Feb-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s is celebrating after winning the ‘Leeds Pride Partner of the Year’ at the The Owlies held at the Marriott Hotel in Leeds.
The Owlies have been running since 2008 and celebrate individuals and groups who have made outstanding contributions to the Leeds LGBT community.
In 2015, Sainsbury’s sponsored the Parade Stage in Millennium Square at the Leeds Pride event. Last night Jemma Kameen, Store Manager at Sainsbury’s Salendine Nook and Sarah Warby, Marketing Director, presented a cheque for £2,500 through the retailers Local Heroes Scheme. The scheme acknowledges voluntary work carried out by colleagues. The retailer will donate £5 for every hour spent volunteering for a charity or community group – for a total of £200 a year.
Sainsbury’s Salendine Nook Store Manager, Jemma Kameen, said: “We had 180 colleagues representing Sainsbury’s in the Leeds Pride 2015 event, from stores all across West Yorkshire. It was an amazing experience for myself and all of my colleagues. It’s been an incredible and entertaining evening and it was brilliant to be able to accept the award on behalf of Sainsbury’s.”
Sarah Warby, Director of Marketing for Sainsbury’s and Operating Board Sponsor for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) added: “At Sainsbury’s, we work in an environment of equal opportunities in which we can all be the best we can be, confident that diverse views are listened to. I’m very proud of everything our West Yorkshire colleagues have achieved and it’s lovely to see them being recognised with this award tonight.”
Liaqat Ali, Chair at Leeds Pride said: “The support Sainsbury’s showed Leeds Pride 2015 was amazing and there was a sea of orange across the parade. We’re really grateful for the donation from their Local Heroes scheme and we look forward to working with the team again for Leeds Pride 2016.”
Leeds LGBT Pride is an annual LGBT Pride celebration held in the city of Leeds. This year the event will take place on Sunday 7th August.
SOURCE: J Sainsbury plc
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