Co-operatives get competitive in Bristol and North Somerset

More than £10,000 has been raised for a regional children’s hospice thanks to the support of co-operative customers across Bristol and North Somerset.

Colleagues at Southern Co-op’s convenience stores in the region were so touched by the work of their regional hospice that they decided to draw on their competitive fundraising spirit.

Throughout September they challenged themselves to raise as much money as possible and the winner was… The Co-operative Food – Bath.

In total, colleagues and customers at the 18 stores raised £2,863 for Children’s Hospice South West. But the stores had already raised a significant amount in 2019, making the current total more than £10,000.

The charity cares for children with life-limiting conditions and their families by providing respite care and short breaks, as well as emergency, palliative and end of life care from its three hospices.

Ben Langford-Young, Store Manager at The Co‑operative Food – Bath, said: “We might be a co-operative but we are more than happy to get competitive when it comes to local causes.

“But we had no idea how much we would all raise. It was really special when we saw all the different amounts start adding up. Every store has made a difference.

“The hospice does so much for children and their families. We would like to thank everyone involved. Our local communities are very generous.”

Fundraising activities included guess the sweet in the jar, bake sales, book sales, raffles, and round up your receipt.

In Bristol, stores involved were Ashley Down Road which raised £145, Church Road which raised £88, Gloucester Road which raised £36, Longdown Avenue which raised £88, Redcliffe Street which raised £160, School Road which raised £180, Two Mile Hill Road which raised £138, Wells Road which raised £90, Whiteladies Road which raised £61.

Other North Somerset stores included Bath’s Widcombe Hill which raised £707, Bedminster’s North Street which raised £112, Bradford on Avon’s Winsley Road which raised £229, Corsham’s Macey Drive which raised £72, Hanham’s Memorial Road which raised £339, Keynsham’s Queens Road which raised £74, Pill’s Baltic Place which raised £196, Portishead’s Port Marine which raised £60, and Stoke Gifford’s North Road which raised £208.

The stores have previously supported the hospice this year by donating more than 200 Easter eggs, making an additional £5,000 donation for 18 new bikes, and volunteering more than 120 hours at the hospice, its shops and its fundraising events.

Southern Co-op, which is a regional, independent co-operative, supports the children’s hospice as part of its community engagement programme ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’.

This initiative aims to help neighbourhoods become greener, healthier, safer and more inclusive.

To find out more about Southern Co-op’s commitment to the local community, visit www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk/makingadifference/.

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