The Group and our employees continue to support many great local and national causes, close to the hearts and minds of the ScS family, as well as initiatives which engage with local communities and raise awareness of important matters.

Our stores play an active role in local communities, creating new and rewarding job opportunities for people, generating investments in the locality’s economy, and connecting with people and customers on a daily basis. From organising Santa visits, to donating hampers of food to local charities, employees are connected to the communities around them.

Foundation of Light - Our relationship with the Foundation of Light – the official charity of Sunderland AFC – continues each year. We have been an active supporter since 2013 and our annual donations continue to support the delivery of its education and disability coaching sessions, allowing youngsters and adults with disabilities to take part in a wide variety of sports and physical activities.

Elmer’s Big Art Parade – In 2019 ScS was a part of Elmer’s Great North Parade – the Tyne and Wear based art trail celebrating the 30th birthday of Elmer the patchwork elephant. In the north east, a series of elephants designed by local artists took over the streets, parks and public buildings in the region, all with the aim of raising money for St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle. ScS sponsored an elephant called Fab Nelly, located in Seaburn Sunderland and designed by North East based artist Bethan Laker. A patchwork chair was also designed and used to promote the trail. The chair was then sold at auction for £2,200, in aid of the Hospice.

Red Nose Day – For Red Nose Day in March 2019, employees set about raising as much money as they could. After asking our suppliers to donate prizes, employees set about raising money through a raffle. A total of £2,000 was raised with employees from right across the business claiming the prizes.

Supporting Earth Hour in our stores – Early in 2019, Ella-Mae, a 10 year old pupil from Lincoln wrote to David Knight, Chief Executive Officer. The letter described the impact of climate change on polar bears and asked ScS to turn off store lights between 8:30pm and 9:30pm on 30th March in support of WWF’s Earth Hour. As store lights would already be off at this time, a special surprise was organised for Ella-Mae. In recognition of the hard work and thought that went into Ella-Mae’s letter, ScS arranged sponsorship of a polar bear on her behalf, and it was presented to her on a special visit to her local store in New Boultham.

Charity fundraising through dress down days – Every month, normally to coincide with payday, colleagues at Head Office are invited to dress in casual wear for the price of £2. Donations have been made to a range of charities, each of which are nominated by employees. The charities include MacMillan Cancer Support, Children in Need, St Oswald’s Hospice, Save the Children, Comic Relief, Foundation of Light, Cystic Fibrosis Trust and the Alzheimer’s Society.