Local charity partners with new Chislehurst 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 last Friday, 26 January on White Horse Hill.

Friends of Chislehurst and Walden Recreation Grounds (Focrg) was selected by Southern Co-op this month as part of Southern Co-op’s ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ scheme.

Julie Covill, Focrg treasurer said: “We are thrilled that Southern Co-op, White Horse Hill have chosen us to be their charity partner for the coming year!  As Focrg, we are truly aligned with Southern Co-ops’ goals of greener, healthier, safer and more inclusive neighbourhoods.

“Spending time in green spaces has been proven to have a positive impact on people’s physical and mental health. We believe that people are less likely to act anti-socially in a space where they have had a positive experience and we work to keep the rec clean, green, used and busy.”

Paul Williams, Manager at the new Chislehurst store said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Friends of Chislehurst and Walden Recreation Grounds 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 and we can’t wait to meet our new customers!”

Southern Co-op’s new store at White Horse Hill will have 15 allocated parking spaces and a team of 20 colleagues who will run the store from 6am-11pm daily. The store will be home to a Local Flavours range, with products from the region such as Kent Crisps, Sussex Charmer Cheese, Springs Smokeries fish and drinks from the West Berkshire Brewery. There will also be 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/.