Food fit for a feast is donated to hospice

A donation of around £5,500 worth of frozen and chilled food has been delivered to Hospice in the Weald by The Southern Co-operative.

Frozen meat, fish, pies, vegetables, pizza and ice cream, together with chilled dairy produce, meat, fruit and vegetables made up the special delivery, which came about with the opening of The Southern Co-operative’s new store at Wadhurst on Wednesday 2 October. The Southern Co-operative has also organised a large walk in freezer and refrigerator to be installed temporarily at the hospice to cater for the size of the delivery. Operations Manager, Mark Taylor, at the Southern Co-operative explained; “With the opening of our new Wadhurst store, there was a high value volume of surplus stock included in the store’s purchase. Avoiding unnecessary waste is vital for us and, as a co-operative, community participation is a driving force for our business success. We approached the Hospice in the Weald to see whether they would like this food and sorted out storage with our contractors DCI Refrigeration who kindly supported this.”


Rob Woolley, CEO at Hospice in the Weald said: “This is a very generous donation from The Southern Co-operative direct to the Hospice. Not only have they donated a significant amount of food to us which will be used for both patient and staff meals, but provided transport and storage facilities as well. We are enormously grateful to The Southern Co-operative for this gift.  As a charity, the Hospice is dependent on support from the local community – whether that be time or money, and we welcome every opportunity to build relationships with business and corporate organisations. The Southern Co-operative has demonstrated here how some creative thinking and an investment direct from them can make a significant difference to the community we serve.”

The Southern Co-operative (TSC) is also launching its Community Support Card (CSC) scheme at its new Wadhurst store, to donate up to £10,000 to local good causes next year. Store manager John Coombs, explained: “We are inviting applications from local charities and good causes in the area to bid for up to £10,000. The scheme is really simple and relies on customer support but without costing them a penny. To ensure the funding goes to causes close to the local community’s heart, a local panel of TSC members and store colleagues will agree up to three beneficiaries. Then to support the scheme, shoppers simply need to ask for a free CSC card at our store and have this swiped each time they shop here. The more cards are swiped, the quicker The Southern Co-operative donates towards the £10,000 goal.” Application forms for the Community Support Card scheme are available at the Wadhurst store and must be submitted by mid-November.

The Southern Co-operative’s Wadhurst store, which will be fully refurbished in 2014, is its third store in Kent, in addition to Seasalter and Cliffe Woods. The Southern Co-operative is a mutual society owned by its members, with around 180 community food stores across southern England.