Local charity partners with new Andover Southern Co-op store

A local charity has been selected as the fundraising partner for a new Southern Co-op store, receiving a £1000 donation followed by a year’s partnership with the new store, which opened on Friday 2 February on East Anton Farm Road.

Augusta Park Community Association (APCA) was selected by Southern Co-op this month as part of Southern Co-op’s ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ scheme.

Vicki Cunningham, volunteer at APCA said: “We are delighted to have been selected as charity partner with this new Southern Co-op store! We want as many residents as possible to use the community centre and would like to put as many different events on as we can. The money Southern Co-op is donating will be put towards a community party in May for the royal wedding, a big screen and licensing so we can show sports events and film, and to make larger events possible in the future.”

Julie Pal, Manager at the new Andover store said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Augusta Park Community Association today. We are really looking forward to organising some fundraising activities with them, and my team and I were proud to open the store with them today. We can’t wait to meet our new customers!”

Southern Co-op’s new store at East Anton Farm Road will have 30 shared parking spaces.  A team of 16 colleagues who will run the store from 7am-11pm daily. The store will be home to a Local Flavours range, a food to go selection which includes real Italian Lavazza coffee to takeaway and an in-store bakery which 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 potatoes and leeks in store this winter will be 100 per cent British and at their seasonal, delicious best.

‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ is Southern Co-op’s community engagement programme. This initiative addresses four key social themes, as identified by a survey of over 4,000 members and colleagues, for promoting: ‘Greener Neighbourhoods’, ‘Healthier Neighbourhoods’, ‘Safer Neighbourhoods’, and ‘More Inclusive Neighbourhoods’.

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 manager, or visit: http://www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk/makingadifference/love-your-neighbourhood/.