Saturday the 6th saw us venture to Tescos Crediton once more, as we have been there over Christmas and making music in the foyer before, but this time as bag packers!
We spent an hour training to pack bags like professionals; separating the hard stuff and soft stuff and making sure all freezer items and raw meat get their own bags. Turns out it is a bit of an art - did you know that you're not meant to pack tins and glass jars in the same bag? It's not something we'd ever considered. It's because tins break the jars all too often! Also, did you know cucumbers are a plastic bag's kryptonite! They pierce and break bags so easily!
Having qualified as elite bag packers we were ready for the real thing - a table was setup in the foyer with leaflets and flyers about The Turning Tides Project and we took to the tills.
Each customer, who used the checkouts that we were positioned at, was offered assistance with their bags. To begin with it felt a bit like a social experiment - people were very particular with their bag packing and everyone likes it done so differently. After a time we became fluid and efficient, working as a team and making sure bags were well packed quickly.
Customers were extremely generous and helped us to raise an impressive £174.79! This has been spent on quality smaller portable instruments (such as tambourines and maracas) as well as a number of new beaters and drum sticks. These are already being used in our sessions in Crediton and Okehampton and they are great!
A HUGE thank you to the checkout staff who were beautifully friendly and inquisitive. It was really nice to have new people to talk to and to make it a fun and productive day - we'd love to do it again... especially if we get to work the tills!
Written and Published by Dom Palfreman