HALTWHISTLE’S Sainsbury’s is marking the company’s 150th birthday with a new volunteering project.

To mark the anniversary, staff at the store will be volunteering across 150 days of community projects.

The shop has chosen to support the local youth club, Young and Sweet.

The club recently moved into new premises, and its garden is in need of some attention.

This would also link in with the town’s Northumberland in Bloom efforts, as it is where the final stage of judging will take place.

Sainsbury’s is keen to get the community behind the project, and wants to set up a donation point in store. Residents will be able to donate gardening items such as seeds, plants and pots to enhance the area.

Gavin Shipley, the manager at Haltwhistle’s Sainsbury’s, explained that Young and Sweet was the first thing that came to mind.

He said: “We’ve had Young and Sweet as one of our chosen charities in the past. What it does is just fantastic. We had to have a local community project and it was the first name we thought of.

“We’ve got a lot of staff who are volunteering to go on a week by week basis and help them with the garden, cracking on and giving them a hand.”

The project is part of celebrations across the country to mark 150 years since the first Sainsbury’s opened on Drury Lane, London – selling only eggs, milk, and butter.