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5 charities are set to benefit from money raised by co-operative retail colleagues on the Isle of Wight thanks to the support of their local customers.

More than £7,300 will be donated to Southern Co-op’s retail store charity partners which include 1st Ryde & 1st Binstead Scout Group, Bembridge Harbour Trust, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, Isle of Wight Youth Trust and West Wight Youth FC.

The local causes were chosen last year by store colleagues to become their charity partner for a year – many of the stores are now inviting new applications for 2019-20.

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All of the Southern Co-op’s retail stores on the Isle of Wight are looking for new partners. These are 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 and Shanklin’s Regent Street.

Jessica Hughes, Community Investment Manager at Southern Co-op, said:

“This is a really exciting time of year as we look back at all the amazing things our colleagues have done in the last year. We also look forward to all the interesting new opportunities and partnerships in the year to come.

“Across all our retail stores in the south east, their fundraising activities have meant more than £105,000 will be donated to a wide range of local causes.

“But it is not just about the money. Our colleagues often get really passionate about their local charity partner and can end up doing more than just fundraising so I would encourage anyone thinking about applying to pop into their local store and speak to the manager.”

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The deadline for applications is fast approaching and causes should meet one of Southern Co-op’s ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ themes – creating greener, safer, healthier or more inclusive neighbourhoods.

Causes are encouraged to visit their local store as soon as possible to request an application form. Or to find out more about Southern Co-op’s charity partners, visit www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk/makingadifference/local-partnerships.

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