Free community party to launch £10,000 fundraising for Mere

A free family party on Sunday 24 November in Mere will launch the new community Support Card scheme by The Southern Co-operative’s Mere store to donate £10,000 to the village’s girl guiding and scout groups.

The free party, which runs from 2-5pm in Lecture Hall, will include children’s activities and campfire songs with Mere’s brownies, rainbows, beavers, cubs, scouts and guides, plus bingo with prizes supplied by The Southern Co-operative, raffle, a tombola, tea, cake and refreshments. The party will be opened by Wiltshire Councillor George Jeans.

Kate Philps, Deputy Manager at The Southern Co-operative’s store in Mere, said: “We’d like to invite the local community to come along to our launch party on 24 November and support our new Community Support Card Scheme here at the store to raise £10,000 for 1st Mere Scout group and Girlguiding. It is a great cause; keeping our children occupied and having fun, as well as teaching them how to interact with the community and giving them opportunities to do so many different activities.”

The Community Support Card (CSC) scheme relies on the backing of customers but without costing them a penny. Customers wanting to support it simply need to request a free CSC card at the launch party or The Southern Co-operative’s Mere store and have this swiped each time they shop there. The more the cards are swiped, the quicker funds are donated by The Southern Co-operative.

If the CSC scheme is successful, 1st Mere Scout group will receive up to £7500 and Mere Girlguiding up to £2500. Mere scouts intend to use the funds to buy new tents and camping equipment including stoves, pots and pans, lanterns and furniture. Mere Girlguiding also plan to purchase lightweight camping equipment as well as sports and games equipment.

This is the second time the CSC scheme has run in Mere; last year The Southern Co-operative donated £7000 to Rosemary Goddard Centre and £3000 to Mere Preschool.