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Virtual harvest at Budgens in Bushey Heath raises funds for North Herts Sanctuary
Local shoppers raised a total of £48 when they took part in the world’s first virtual harvest as Budgens in Bushey Heath brought the age-old tradition into the 21st century, in support of local cause North Herts Sanctuary.
Instead of accepting the traditional canned food donations, over the last two weeks the convenience store made £1 coupons available for customers to scan when they reached the check out.
The money raised has been used to provide fresh fruit and vegetables, hand-delivered from the store to North Herts Sanctuary, which provides shelter and is targeted support to people in need.
Michelle Brister from North Herts Sanctuary was delighted to welcome the Harvest donation.
She said: "Every year harvest-time becomes further and further removed from our lives, with many of the younger generations not knowing what it stands for.
"Thanks to forward-thinking Budgens retailers, the Harvest festival has been brought up to date to the 21st century, allowing local people to donate useful food to our cause."
"Budgens virtual Harvest will help us to feed local homeless people through the winter months. There are people that are experiencing hardship right here on our doorstep and we are very grateful for all Budgens support for our work with vulnerable people in the area."
Store manager, Faisel Mirza, said: "We are very pleased with the support we have seen from our customers during the virtual Harvest. I think it is important for local retailers, such as Budgens, to help local causes with the support of the community."
The store came up with the idea after a meeting was called to try and spice up the tradition of Harvest festival and continue to donate to a good cause.
The idea was to bring the tradition of collecting food into the 21st century by making it virtual, and to raise awareness of the people in the local community who are in crisis.
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