Local Beach Charity Opens New Weymouth Southern Co-op Store

Local charity, Friends of Castle Cove Beach, has been selected as the fundraising partner for a new Southern Co-op store in Weymouth. The charity officially opened the new store on Chickerell Road, on Friday [1 September] and will benefit from a £1000 donation which will be followed by a year’s partnership.

Presentation to Colleagues chosen charity Friends of Castle Cove. Picture by Terry Fisher

Friends of Castle Cove Beach was set up to provide safe access to the local beach after the steps were removed for health and safety reasons.

The partnership comes as part of Southern Co-op’s ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ community engagement programme which promotes four key social themes, ‘Greener Neighbourhoods’, ‘Healthier Neighbourhoods’, ‘Safer Neighbourhoods’, and ‘More Inclusive Neighbourhoods’.

Valerie Graves, trustee and treasurer for the Friends of Castle Cove Beach said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working in partnership with the new Southern Co-op store. The money we have received today will go towards building steps to restore safe access to the beach for our local community.

“We hope our charity’s work will improve and enhance the neighbourhood, adults and children alike, by helping to support a healthier lifestyle. Being by the sea and being active can help to relieve the stresses of our busy day to day life and provide a healthy environment for families. We look forward to a great partnership with this new store so we can continue to make our beach safe and fun for both locals and visitors for years to come!”

New store manager at Chickerell Road, Kim Daley, said: “My colleagues and I are thrilled to welcome locals through the doors at our new store and we look forward to getting to know more of them soon. We are also very grateful to Friends of Castle Cove Beach for opening the store today; we very much look forward to working with them and feel they are a fantastic cause for our community.”

Charities and community groups can also apply for cash donations or goods in kind through the ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ scheme which is funded by the 5p single-use carrier bag levy. For more information on how to apply, please speak to your local store’s manager, or visit: http://www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk/makingadifference/love-your-neighbourhood/.

Southern Co-op’s new store at Chickerell Road, Weymouth will be home to an extensive fresh food offer with a great choice of fresh and chilled foods including fresh meat and fish, pizzas and ready meals. A food to go selection includes real Italian Lavazza coffee to takeaway and an in-store bakery will bake loaves and pastries fresh every day. Southern Co-op is committed to British farmers and all the fresh meat it sells is 100 per cent British, including the meat used in sandwiches, snacks and ready meals. All apples and pumpkins in store this autumn will be 100 per cent British and at their seasonal, delicious best.