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Dashing away with a trolley

09 January 2015

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 diocese.

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 things.

"Since doing the trolley dash, I've also started volunteering at [the foodbank] once a week."

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