A successful year of helping good causes
More than £35,000 was raised by Hampshire Co-operative staff and customers in 2019 for local causes close to their hearts.
Every year, each convenience store in Southern Co-op partners with a local cause chosen by staff. They then have a year to hold fundraising events in aid of the cause.
In 2019, 53 different causes were chosen by the Hampshire stores.
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.”
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. Causes are encouraged to visit their local store as soon as possible to request an application form. To find out more, visit www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk/makingadifference/local-partnerships.