More than 100 causes to benefit from co-operative fundraising

As a new pot of funding opens for applications, co-operative colleagues across the south of England are celebrating their successful store fundraising in 2020.

A total of £120,000 was raised last year at The Co-operative Food stores part of Southern Co-op thanks to the support from customers and local residents.

To show Southern Co-op’s appreciation to the local causes, the total was rounded up to £133,000 so each cause receives a minimum of £500.

The funding will go to 127 separate local causes – each of the stores’ local partners.

Fundraising activities at the stores ranged from colouring competitions and treasure hunts, to raffles and guess the sweets in a jar.

Holly Bramble​, Southern Co-op’s Community and Campaign Co-ordinator, said: “Across all of our stores in the south, colleagues and customers raised a massive £120,000 for local partners. This was no mean feat as a lot of the bigger fundraising events had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.

“Despite the pressure a lot of families had to face last year, they have still found time to give generously and make a difference to local causes who have been keeping the communities going.”

Every year, each of Southern Co-op’s local food stores chose a local partner which aims to create greener, safer, healthier or more inclusive neighbourhoods.

With a lot of fundraising cancelled last year, these existing local partnerships will continue into 2021 as part of the ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ programme.

Emily Aspin, Events Fundraiser at Dorothy House Hospice Care which will receive nearly £3,000, said: “We at Dorothy House are absolutely over the moon to be receiving such a fantastic sum of money from Southern Co-op. This wonderful total is such a testament to the generosity of the customers at the stores on Bath, Mere, Bradford on Avon and Corsham.

“Every day Dorothy House provides palliative and end of life care to anyone who needs it, when they need it most. We couldn’t achieve this vital care without the incredible support of our amazing community.  Thank you to the Southern Co-op for being such inspirational leaders and bring on the extended fundraising in 2021!”

Aaron and Gemma from Sophie Rolf Trust – KissyPuppy, which will receive more than £3,100 thanks to fundraising efforts at three Isle of Wight stores, said: “Thank you for the amazing amount raised! Any and every penny donated is amazing and so gratefully received but in these strange times we find ourselves in they mean even more.

“The funding will ensure that we are can continue to provide the services, through our partnership with Mountbatten, which are so important to the islands families. This donation will help no end. We really cannot thank you guys, and your customers, enough.”

Southern Co-op’s Love Your Neighbourhood programme also enables charities and local causes to apply for grants of up to £500 to help sow the seeds to a secure, stronger future for everyone.

Applications are now open for 2021 local funding with more information via www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk/love-your-neighbourhood/.

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