Helston supermarket staff welcome paralympic torch
11:00am Thursday 11th October 2012 in News
After the success of Team GB at the 2012 Paralympic games, it was no surprise to employees at Helston’s Sainsburys store that their visit from the silver Paralympic Torch attracted a lot of interest.
Richard Jacka and Ben Rowe, two Paralympics ‘game makers’ who work at the Helston supermarket, brought the torch to the store for two hours on Saturday afternoon, wearing their official Games uniforms.
A Sainsbury’s employee said: “The torch was very popular. Families and children especially seemed to enjoy the experience.”
The torch was at the store for two hours and customers were able to get their photos taken with it. Tony Williams, the stores charity co-ordinator was especially pleased with the visit.
Describing it as a “real treat” to host the torch, he said: “It was a really successful event which customers seemed to appreciate. It was a real honour to have something directly from the Paralympic games at our store. We received a fantastic response from customers; it was a fantastic opportunity.”
He went on to explain the store’s chosen charity of the year ‘First Response’ also had representatives there on the day and managed to raise a good amount. The torch will be visiting over 1,000 stores in total in a relay that will last until the middle of November.