More than £35,000 has been raised by Hampshire co-operative colleagues and customers in 2019 for local causes close to their hearts.
Every year, each convenience store part of Southern Co-op, partners with a special local cause chosen by colleagues.
The Co-operative Food store colleagues then have a year to hold fundraising events in aid of the cause.
In 2019, 53 different causes were chosen by the Hampshire stores including 1st Alderholt Scout Group, 3rd Hayling Scouts, Action Against Abduction, Alresford Pigs Association, Alzheimers Society Gosport, Andover Foodbank, Bidbury Junior School, , Breast Cancer Haven, Dynasty Taekwondo, Enable Ability, F.O.L.S Friends of Lyndhurst Surgery, Fleet Pond Society, Friends of Lanterns, Friends of Limington House, Friends of Titchfield School, Fundraising Friends, Gang Warily Scout and Guide HQ, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, Hampshire Search and Rescue, Harbour Cancer Support centre, Hart Wildlife Rescue, Jo Glover Trust, League of Friends Romsey Hospital, Milford-on-Sea C of E Primary School, Naomi House & Jacksplace, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – Queen Alexandra Hospital, Overton Playgroup, Parkside, Petersgate Infant School PTA, PLANETS Charity, Pompey Pals Project, Portsmouth Area Volunteer Cadet Corps, Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association, RNLI Royal Life Institute, Rowans Hospice, South Central Ambulance Charitable Trust, Southampton Hospital Charity, Southern Domestic Abuse Service, Tadley and District Community Association, The Ickle Pickle Partnership Ltd, The Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation Trust, The Peak Centre Trust, The Rhiannon Trust, Tuppenny Barn, Undercover Skatepark Project, Velmore Community Association, Victoria’s Promise, WAMS – Working Age Multiple Sclerosis, Wave 105 Cash for Kids, Whiteley Pre-school, Wicor Primary School, and Winnie’s Hope.
Jessica Hughes, Community Investment Manager at Southern Co-op – the regional, independent co-operative, said:
Each of our stores has a budget which they can donate to special projects but this total is separate. Every penny has been raised by colleagues and customers who want to help the store’s current charity partner.
A lot of the causes are really small and may simply need help letting people know what they do. Then others have been running for years supporting hundreds of residents in their time of need.
We are so proud of our colleagues who work tirelessly to give back to these causes. Thank you.
Fundraisers for the charities were held by colleagues at 79 stores in Alderholt, Aldershot, Alresford, Alton, Andover, Basingstoke, Beggarwood, Bishops Waltham, Boyatt Wood, Bridgemary, Chandlers Ford, Church Crookham, Clanfield, Colden Common, Cowplain, Crookhorn, Denmead, Drayton, Eastleigh, Emsworth, Fairoak, Fareham, Four Marks, Gosport, Havant, Hayling Island, Holbury, Lee on Solent, Liphook , Lyndhurst, Milford on Sea, Moggs Mead, North Baddesley, Odiham, Overton, Portchester, Purbrook, Romsey, Rooksdown, Southampton, Stockbridge, Tadley, Titchfield, Waterlooville, West End, Westbourne, Whiteley, Wickham, and Winchester.
After a year of awareness days, fundraisers and challenges, 51 of the Hampshire stores are now in search of their next charity partner. Local causes are invited to apply to become a charity partner in 2020-21 as part of Southern Co-op’s ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ programme.
The programme aims to create greener, safer, healthier or more inclusive neighbourhoods.
Photo: Hayling Wear It Pink.