A major community support scheme has been announced by The Southern Co-operative Elm Grove store on Hayling Island to donate up to £25,000 to Play Parks for Hayling in the year ahead.
Play Parks for Hayling was formed after listening to children at school councils and focus groups asking for the provision of better play equipment. Local campaigners including Hayling East Councillor and Deputy Mayor of Havant Leah Turner, WPC Debbie Surridge from Hampshire Police and Cllr for Hayling West Andy Lenaghan, launched a fundraising campaign to make this happen. This included a successful bid to be recipients of The Southern Co-operative’s 2015 £25,000 Community Support scheme, as Retail Business Manager Pete Raynor, explained: “Our store on Elm Grove is a long standing business on Hayling Island and we’re proud of our reputation for supporting good causes and local fundraising. It’s great for The Southern Co-operative to be able to help to provide a play facility that local children really want and will benefit from so much.”
Cllr Turner, who is also Treasurer for Play Parks for Hayling (PP4H) said: “Play Parks for Hayling are excited and grateful to be the recipient of the money from this scheme run by The Southern Co-operative. Our project is for the children of Hayling Island and it seems very apt that our local The Southern Co-operative store is to support our endeavours. We hope that Hayling residents will support the store and therefore our project to boost the funds that will be available to PP4H. The money raised will be used for new and exciting play equipment in Mengham Park for the benefit of children of all ages and their families.”
WPC Debbie Surridge added: “We are overwhelmed by the fantastic support for this campaign. The Southern Co-operative is very community minded and we have a great rapport with the store.” Zac, a pupil at The Hayling College, said “This will be great for all ages; I’m looking forward to the climbing frame and board rider in the new park!” Dylan, aged 8, added: “The old equipment is old and broken so the new park will be much better and more fun. I’m looking forward to playing in the new park on the zip wire and having fun.”
Pete Raynor summed up: “We are always keen to support local fundraising and good causes and our community support scheme doesn’t cost shoppers anything to support. Play Parks for Hayling has really caught local people’s imagination and it’s a great investment for the Island. We’re planning a fun launch event for families in the Spring to keep up the fundraising momentum, as well as other fundraising activities together, so keep an eye out for more information about this in store.” To support the new scheme, shoppers simply need to show their membership card for The Southern Co-operative when they shop at its Elm grove store on Hayling Island. If not already a member, you can join at thesouthernco-operative.co.uk/membership. The announcement of this new community support scheme follows the success of the store’s 2014 campaign; in July, The Southern Co-operative presented £20,000 to Mengham Junior School to fund a new community minibus and £5000 to Langstone Cutters Gig Club, enabling them to buy a boat.
Play Parks for Hayling, which needs to raise a total of £80,000 for the scheme to succeed, is also looking for additional fundraising ideas to reach this goal. The generosity of customers at a recent bag packing day by local children at The Southern Co-operative store raised over £500 towards Play Parks for Hayling. playparksforhayling.co.uk