End Of An Era For Community Champion

After almost 16 years working at Morrisons Whitefield, Rochelle Gardner B.E.M. will be clocking out for the last time in July and taking early retirement.

Rochelle has enjoyed an eventful time, to say the least. From starting on the customer service desk when the store opened in September 2008, to becoming the community champion in November 2013.

Rochelle told Your local BURY, “The community champion role has allowed me to get involved in so many local charities and community groups, to help raise money for their organisations. Together For Short Lives is Morrisons Whitefield charity partnership for now, and we have raised almost £10,000 so far. That wouldn’t have been possible without the support from all our wonderful customers. Our food bank bags that customers buy on their way into the store have to date paid for £49,035 of food for the local food banks that we support. That is an amazing amount of food that has helped the food banks and pantries keep going, as well as street kitchens.

The support and friendship that I personally have received from so many customers and colleagues has been amazing. I have loved challenging myself to raise money for other charities, such as Young Lives VS Cancer, where I did 500,000 steps in March 2021 and raising money for Bury Hospice, with an abseil in 2019 as well as entering strictly in 2021 to come away with the winning trophy!

Being in the New Years Honours list in January 2022 followed by receiving the British Empire Medal later that year, I thought was the highlight of my career, until I was then invited to The Coronation in May 2023 of King Charles 111, which is a day that I will never forget.

I’d like to thank everyone, as without all the support that I have had, none of that would have been possible.”

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