ALREADY in his nineties, Bob Poole could not take advantage of
the prize he won for completing a word puzzle in the magazine
Take a Break. The magazine had been given to him by Grace
Roberts, from Holy Trinity, Fareham, Portsmouth
The prize was a trolley dash around the local Sainsbury's to
pick up as many goods as possible in five minutes. So he passed the
prize to Mrs Roberts, with the request that all the groceries that
were obtained should go the local foodbank, the Fareham and Gosport
Basics Bank. She then passed it on to the Priest-in-Charge at Holy
Trinity, the Revd Sally Davenport, who asked Nicky Roberts
(left), the wife of her new assistant curate, the Revd
Garry Roberts, to make the shopping trip.
It was planned for 7.15 on a Monday morning, before the store
opened. The Sainsbury's staff cleared the supermarket aisles of
boxes, trolleys, and any potential tripping hazards. Mrs Roberts
went with her husband and three children, Ms Davenport, and Grace
Roberts (no relation).
At 7.15 precisely, Mrs Roberts, who had always wanted to do a
trolley dash, flew round the store picking up no less than
£511-worth of goods for the foodbank. In addition, she was given a
cash bonus of £250, which she donated to Holy Trinity's High Time
project to restore the clock and tower, and refurbish the west end
of the church.
"I had always wanted to do something like this," Mrs Roberts
said; "so, when Sally asked me, I jumped at the chance. I did
research with my daughter, as the Basics Bank can only accept
certain things. We worked out where everything was, and a plan for
getting round the shop. It was really good fun, and people were
standing at the end of the aisles helping me to get the right
"Since doing the trolley dash, I've also started volunteering at
[the foodbank] once a week."