Our community champion

Rachel Liszka
Rachel Liszka

Story by Shuna Beckett

Photo by Anwar Suliman

Rachel Liszka, Community Champion at the Tesco Extra Superstore on Spital Hill, has got something most of us want in life: a job she enjoys. And not only does she love the job she’s been doing for four years, but she helps people in the community at the same time.

Tesco has been giving back to the community in a number of ways through the Community Champion scheme, from offering donations and vouchers for raffles, to operating personal hygiene collections for the homeless, to running food bank collections for Carlisle Street (Tesco’s collected enough food for eight million meals last year, nationally). And its Rachel’s job to organise all this.

Her enthusiasm for the job is infectious. “I absolutely love it”, she says. “I get to meet so many lovely people. It’s beautiful.” She goes out of her way to get involved in the community and does a lot in her own time, such as judging cake competitions at Pitsmoor Adventure Playground. She says that the Store Manager, Tony Hutchings, is very supportive of the local community and gives her a lot of freedom within her role.

Other schemes that the Store runs include ‘Farm to Fork’, where they invite children and adults in to teach them where their food comes from; volunteer bag packing who raise funds for their own causes (Royal Victoria volunteers have raised thousands for the Children’s Hospital); fire safety awareness; and toy collections. Rachel won a Burngreave New Year’s Honours Award for her services to the Burngreave community.

<< | Up | >>

Print version

The content on this page was added to the website by Graham Jones on 2016-06-11 14:58:31.
The content of the page was last modified by John Mellor on 2016-09-28 12:24:29.

Follow us on Twitter @TheBMessenger

All content is copyright © Burngreave Messenger Ltd. or its voluntary contributors, unless otherwise stated, not to be reproduced without permission. If you have any comments, or are interested in contributing to the Messenger and getting involved, please contact us.

Burngreave Messenger Ltd. Abbeyfield Park House, Abbeyfield Road, Sheffield S4 7AT.
Telephone: 0114 242 0564. Email: mail@burngreavemessenger.org
Company Limited by Guarantee: 04642734
Registered Charity: 1130836

The Burngreave Messenger is a community newspaper with editorial independence, funded by the Big Lottery, Foyle Foundation, Trusthouse Charitable Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Scurrah Wainwright Charity, local residents and our advertisers.

Help the Messenger with a donation