Presentation of a CSC at Haywards Heath Co-operative


Two worthy causes in Haywards Heath were presented with cheques for £4,100 each from The Southern Co-operative, raised as a result of the Community Support Card scheme running at the Southern Co-operative store in the town. Last Saturday, local groups Kangaroos and 4SIGHT were given the donations at The Co-operative Haywards Heath.

The Community Support Card scheme operates by The Southern Co-operative donating money to the fund every time customers have their special community cards swiped as they shop. The more customers use their cards, the more successful the fundraising becomes.

Kangaroos was established by a group of parents in 1993 to run out of school activities in Mid Sussex for children with severe learning disabilities. Since then it has evolved and now provides a wide range of activities and support for children and young people and their families. The donation will be used to buy new changing bed facilities.

4SIGHT (West Sussex Association for the Blind) provides support, information, guidance and advocacy to blind and partially sighted people in West Sussex., It currently has four specialist resource centres, listening and information services at two hospitals, advice and counselling services, a carer’s support scheme, forty local clubs and much more to help blind and partially sighted people to live independent lives.

Martin Pearson, 4SIGHT Chief Executive, said::

“We are delighted with the support we have had from Southern Co-operative customers and staff in Haywards Heath, which will help us to fund our outreach programme in the local community.”

The recipients who will benefit from the scheme for the forthcoming year are chosen prior to the start of fundraising by a panel of local people. This ensures that the organisations selected are important to the local community.

The scheme is due to be relaunched at Haywards Heath Co-operative later this year, when new organisations will be invited to apply to become the beneficiaries.