Store card to benefit groups


The Southern Co-operative store in Alresford aims to raise £15,000 by the end of the year in order to help the local Rugby Club and Busy Bee’s Pre-school.

The Southern Co-operative is announcing the re-launch of its fundraising campaign through their Community Support Card scheme. Father Christmas, alias store manager Derek Hawkins, brought an extra special present to the Alresford Rugby Club and Busy Bee’s Pre-school when he announced that they were this year’s chosen recipients for the possible £15,000 fund.

As part of the launch which sees the Alresford Rugby Club in with a chance to gain £5,000, the children held a competition to name the Junior Club with the winner being chosen by Derek Hawkins. After giving a speech in front of parents and young players, Derek handed out t-shirts donated by The Southern Co-operative showing the winning club name – the Hornets.

Father Christmas made an appearance at Busy Bee’s Pre-school as well, with the announcement that the store in Alresford is aiming to raise £10,000 for the nursery. However, Santa did not come empty handed, there were CHICKS teddy bears for each kid present at the Christmas party.

The money will be raised as part of the community support card scheme, where The Southern Co-operative will donate money to the causes chosen by a panel of local members every time customers swipe their special green cards.