Every year, each convenience store that is part of Southern Co-op partners with a special local cause chosen by colleagues.
In 2019, 6 different causes were chosen by the Isle of Wight stores including Alzheimer Café Isle of Wight, The Friends of Holy Trinity, The Isle of Wight Bus and Coach Museum Ltd, The Wight Brainy Bunch, Wessex Cancer Trust, and West Wight Nursery.
Fundraisers for the charities were held by colleagues at 9 stores including Bembridge’s Sherbourne Street, Carisbrooke’s High Street, Cowes’s Mill Hill, Freshwater’s Afton Road, and Avenue Road, Rookley’s Main Road, Ryde’s West Street, Sandown’s Avenue Road (petrol station) and Shanklin’s Regent Street.
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.”
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After a year of awareness days, fundraisers and challenges, 6 of the Isle of Wight 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.
The stores looking for nominations are Bembridge’s Sherbourne Street, Carisbrooke’s High Street, Cowes’s Mill Hill, Freshwater’s Afton Road, Rookley’s Main Road, and Sandown’s Avenue Road (petrol station).
Causes are encouraged to visit their local store as soon as possible to request an application form. To find out more about Southern Co-op’s charity partners, visit www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk/makingadifference/local-partnerships.