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PUBLISHED: 14:18 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:18 07 July 2010

In their day jobs they are familiar faces to regular customers at a town's supermarket but last week they publicly showed that every little helps in their community.

In their day jobs they are familiar faces to regular customers at a town's supermarket but last week they publicly showed that every little helps in their community.

For a dozen team leaders from Fakenham's Tesco store rolled up their sleeves and got to grips with some horticultural work in the town's Millennium recreation park.

It was all part of a team building exercise to get staff out of the store and doing something practical and positive in the town. All labour and tools was provided free and the town's Focus DIY store provided the bags of loose bark chippings.

The team leaders were enjoying coming out from behind the checkout and the dairy counter and getting down and dirty in the park by tidying up the flower beds and general tidying up the garden areas of the park as requested by Fakenham town council.

And the group all agreed that it made a pleasant change to get out of the store and join together with their work colleagues to create something of lasting value for their community.

Fakenham is one of nearly 60 Tesco stores around the country which are lending their staff to the town's in which they trade to provide practical help on community projects.

Fakenham store community champion Ellie Clayton said the scheme had benefits for everyone. It gave an opportunity for the team leaders to work together on a practical project in the town. It is hoped that groups of staff can work on various projects every six or eight weeks. On Monday it was the store managers who put on the gardening gloves and did several hours of weeding.

Dairy counter team leader Paul Charley said he thought the scheme was a really good idea.

“You get to see your colleagues in a different light and it breaks the monotony of working,” said Mr Charley, who has worked at the Fakenham store since it opened two years ago.

Services team leader Alison Chester said the scheme was good for everyone and it was good for the Fakenham community.

Any charity groups who have a project in the Fakenham area they would like Tesco to consider helping with should make contact with Ellie Clayton at the Fakenham store.

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