Queensbury Tesco fundraising for Shaun gets off to a great start

Tesco fundraising for Shaun gets off to a great start.

Last weekend saw the first fundraising event which the Staff at Tesco in the village worked to raise funds for young Shaun Markey. They couldn’t have got off to a better start. Armed with collecting buckets, helped by an appearance by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, staff  were trying to cycle an equivalent distance to the distance from Queensbury to Florida; 4,235 miles. There were some monumental efforts on the bikes, including the equalling of a personal best for an hour in the saddle, by Store Manager Steve Dawson. He did 23 miles. Wow.

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Queensbury’s Tesco Store Helping Sean Markey

Staff at Queensbury’s Tesco store have agreed to help young Queensbury resident, (pictured below) Shaun Markey, who is been treated for a particularly nasty form of Leukaemia, realise his dream of meeting Mickey Mouse at Disneyland in Florida. Shaun, who still has just under 3 years of Chemotherapy left to face, really does want to meet his hero Mickey but his parents had to cancel their planned trip earlier this year when his condition, called Lymphoblastic Leukaemia, was first diagnosed.

The stores’ Community Champion, David Lightfoot, says “having lived through 6 months of Chemotherapy myself I know just how important it is to have a goal to focus on, a light at the end of a very dark tunnel so to say. In my case it was a promise of new Golf Clubs, with Shaun, aged 5, it is a trip to Florida”. Shaun’s parents and Grandmother have started fundraising and now Tesco have agreed to help with fundraising over the next quarter. To kick-start the project the staff are going to simulate a cycle ride to Florida, 4,235 miles, on an exercise bike in the foyer this weekend collecting donations as they do so.  They are also planning an Auction night in January and other “events” are also at the planning stage.

The Community Champion added that “they hadn’t set a target for the fundraising but wanted just to raise as much as possible for the chirpy little chap that Shaun is. In the past Queensbury people have shown to be very generous towards the different charities which Tesco are involved with and he hopes that this generosity continues this time for one of their own.”

Sean Markey