Chobham store advances £4,600 community support in response to Surrey flooding crisis

An advance payment of £4,600 is being donated to Surrey Search and Rescue by The Southern Co-operative to fund much needed equipment in the current flooding crisis.

Surrey Search and Rescue helps the 999 services find missing persons and supports Surrey during major incidents and weather emergencies. Last May, The Southern Co-operative launched a Community Support Card scheme at its Chobham store to donate £10,000 over one year to be shared equally between two local charities, Surrey Search and Rescue and Link Able. However, in response to the on-going flooding crisis, The Southern Co-operative is donating the £4,600 as an advance payment from the fund.

James Rossell from Surrey Search and Rescue said: “We asked The Southern Co-operative whether they could make an early payment of £4,600 which will buy 10 kits of dry suits, life jackets, radios, helmets, torches and boots. This extra flood rescue equipment is desperately needed in the local area at the moment and will dramatically help the local community and support the emergency services in this time of need.” The team of over 50 volunteers and 8 search dogs are on-call 24 hours a day, and also cover the south west of London, answering calls from the Metropolitan Police as well as Surrey Police, and supporting those neighbouring teams when needed.

Steve Chant, Area Operations Manager for The Southern Co-operative said: “It made complete sense for us to respond to Surrey Search and Rescue’s appeal for advance funding from our Community Support Card scheme at Chobham. The Southern Co-operative has always had a purpose beyond profit and we are committed to supporting and being part of our local communities. By donating this money early, it means that more people who are suffering in the flooding can be helped now when they urgently need it.”

The Community Support Card (CSC) scheme, which relies on the support of customers but without costing them a penny, will continue at The Southern Co-operative’s Chobham store in Bagshot Road, aiming to reach the £10,000 goal by June. Customers can support this simply by requesting a free CSC card at the store and have this swiped each time they shop there. The more cards are swiped, the quicker The Southern Co-operative donates towards the £10,000 goal for the two charities.