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town and cannot enjoy a garden. It also supports Waitrose’s healthy eating ethos as the herbs the schools will grow will also be used in the school canteens and the facility will be used to enhance learning.


‘Our involvement in this particular project has been on-going as Partners have been getting involved to help maintain the gardens,’ said Mr Langston.


Partners supported one of the island’s largest celebrations in 2012, with Partners from the three branches donating their time to help create bags of confetti for the Battle of Flowers. Partners bagged the confetti and handed it out as they walked along the esplanade with the floats


during the processions.


Joy Jezequel, department manager retail support at Waitrose Red Houses, helped organise the project: ‘The Battle of Flowers is one of Jersey’s largest events and always generates a fantastic turnout from islanders. We were thrilled to support this event and to take some of the stress from the organisers so they could spend more time building the floats.’


Partners from the St Helier branch donned their overalls and paintbrushes, donating 164 hours to assist in the refurbishment and decoration of MIND’s charity shop. Marion Gorrod, department manager retail support at Waitrose St Helier, coordinated the project:


‘Mind Jersey is an example of a charity that provides an extraordinary service to islanders and we had an outstanding response from Partners to assist in this project. 21 Partners participated in total and it provided them with an opportunity to develop and improve their leadership and team working skills.’


Waitrose has committed to support the Governor’s walk, which incorporates 12 afternoon parish walks throughout the year, for five years. The company has also recently pledged its support to the ITEX-Rotary Trust Walk in 2013, Partners will be volunteering at the annual event by providing refreshments and manning the start and finish lines offering their support to the walkers. It is hoped that a couple of Partners might even be brave enough to take on the 48.1 miles challenge!


If 2012 is anything to go by, Waitrose and its Partners will continue to leave a positive mark on island life in 2013. ‘We are thrilled with the work we have done in the local community and this places us in good stead for 2013. We are always keen to hear from charities and good causes in Jersey and would encourage any local causes in need of support to get in touch or fill in an application form at our Welcome Desks,’ said Mr Langston.


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