Ripley Sainsbury’s worker raises £450 for charity by ditching the booze

Team Leader, Jeanette Peach, with her soft drink of choice which helped her complete
Team Leader, Jeanette Peach, with her soft drink of choice which helped her complete

A team leader at the Ripley supermarket did a month without alcohol and raised hundreds of pounds for Autism East Midlands - the stores charity of the year.

Jeanette Peach, 41, from Westwood was joined by colleague, Jane Parr from Langley Mill, and together the pair have raised over £450 to help local families affected by autism.

Jeanette said: “I wanted to do my bit to raise as much money as possible for Autism East Midlands, who do fantastic work in our local area. It’s fair to say that I do like the odd tipple, so I thought giving up alcohol for a whole month would be a good way to challenge myself.”

To make the dry month more bearable she drank blackcurrant cordial in a wine glass.

Autism East Midlands also provides specialist training for parents and professionals and operates one of the very few autism-specific diagnostic and assessment centres in the country.

Melanie Howard, head of income generation for autism East Midlands said: “Jeanette’s achievement is fantastic and is another example of how Sainsbury’s Ripley staff are really going the extra mile to raise funds to help us support even more local families affected by autism.”

In Heanor, the charity runs Mundy Street Day Service which caters for young people and adults (aged 16 years and above). The service offers a wide range of structured activities based on individual requirements and interests.

Now that her month of abstinence is over, Jeanette is looking forward to her first drink, which she says will be a pint of lager on holiday in Blackpool with husband, Stephen.