Children’s hospice charity Shooting Star Chase received a special invitation to cut the ribbon and open The Southern Co-operative’s new food store in Chertsey and received a £500 donation.
Alice Windsor, Community Fundraiser at Shooting Star Chase, said: “We can’t thank The Southern Co-operative enough for their very generous donation. The vital funds will help local children with life-limiting conditions, and their families in the worst of situations. We wish the new and exciting Chertsey store lots of luck in the local community.”
The Southern Co-operative’s new store is home to a large range of fresh produce and chilled food options and a Local Flavours range. The community food store will be open from 7am until 10pm, seven days a week with allocated customer parking and a Paypoint facility.
Geoff Steere, manager of the new store, said: “We are very excited to be opening this new store in Chertsey and we are supporting Shooting Stars Children’s Hospice because, having seen the work the volunteers do, it truly is a deserving, local cause. We look forward to continuing to assist with the hospice’s fundraising.
“We have 15 new team members who live locally and look forward to showing new customers what we have instore including an array of pastries freshly baked and available in-store every day, a coffee machine and a cash point.”
The fundraising partnership forms part of The Southern Co-operative’s community engagement programme, ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’. 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’s manager, or visit: http://www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk/makingadifference/love-your-neighbourhood/.