STAFF at Sainsbury’s have been going the extra mile to support a local charity.

The Bridgemead store handed over more than £8,600 this weekend at the end of a year supporting CALM.

The money has been raised through a variety of events, including a bingo evening, quiz night, raffles, tombolas, bucket collections and other sponsored events.

CALM offers support and financial assistance to families with children battling with cancer and was originally conceived by Princess Margaret Hospital oncologist nurse Gill Harley and social worker Nigel Gardner.

The charity’s chairman, Richard Crowley, said: “We would like to thank all the staff and management at Sainsbury's Bridgemead in Swindon for their fantastic fundraising efforts s.

“The staff have made all our CALM families and committee feel very welcome whenever we’ve held fundraising events.

“I would like to say a particular thanks to Sue Sainsbury and Simon Belcher for liaising between the store and the CALM committee.”

South Swindon MP Robert Buckland was on hand to help present the cheque.

He said: “I am really impressed with the amount that has been raised by the store.”