In 2018/19, dozens of local causes benefited from donations from the Co-operative Funeralcare colleagues from spare time to cakes and hampers.
With 6 different branches across the island, donations of goods, cash or time were made on more than 200 separate occasions.
Elaine Dove, Sector Operations Manager, said:
“Last year was such a bumper year for our funeral co-ordinators and assistants with the work they have been doing in their local communities. It was topped off by winning Business in the Community Awards at the IW Chamber Business Awards.
“There was a lot of firsts as in Shanklin we held our first ever dog show in aid of the MissIsle School of sip-puff sailing, Lake, Shanklin and Newport colleagues abseiled the Spinnaker Tower raising over £700 for Challenge and Adventure and, after a year of planning, Ryde colleagues held a Charity Ball for The Phoenix Project and raised over £1,500.
“Another special donation was to West Wight Nursery at the St Saviour’s Primary School site in Totland after thieves stole equipment from its outbuildings.”
Part of Southern Co-op – a local, regional co-operative – the 6 funeralcare branches on the Isle of Wight are East Cowes, Freshwater, Lake, Newport, Ryde and Shanklin.
Jessica Hughes, Community Investment Manager at Southern Co-op, said:
“Our colleagues work incredibly hard throughout the year to support their local communities. It is something we are especially proud of.
“But this year, when we sat down and looked back at the whole year, we were overwhelmed by the time and effort they have put in. This is in addition to donations made by people in memory of their loved ones.
“Our community engagement programme enables our colleagues to donate their time as well as cash and goods. In a world where we are all rushing around, giving someone an hour of your time can be invaluable.”
From February 2018 to January 2019 other examples include a Christmas Movie weekend in Lake for Wessex Cancer Trust, Freshwater’s race night for the West Wight Sports & Community Centre, a donation to The West Wight ‘Patient Participation Group’ to purchase a media system which has benefited some 10,500 registered patients, a donation to Newclose Cricket Club towards a defibrillator, and supporting Oakfield Primary in Ryde to buy a greenhouse for promoting healthy eating.