The Southern Co-operative’s Store in Bradford on Avon Launches Fundraising Partnership with the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

The Southern Co-operative’s food store in Bradford on Avon has chosen the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust for its charity fundraising partner for 2016/2017.

Colleagues from the Bradford on Avon store will host and support a variety of fundraising activities and events to help raise money for the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, one of the UK’s leading environmental charities, which works to create a sustainable future for wildlife and people.

Paul Beanland, Store Manager for The Southern Co-operative’s Bradford on Avon store was thrilled to announce their partnership with the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, an inspirational charity that reflects The Southern Co-operative’s passion for engaging with the community and supporting the environment.

Rebecca Goddard, Fundraising Officer at the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the charity partner for The Southern Co-operative store in Bradford on Avon, and greatly appreciate the support from Paul Beanland and staff. We look forward to working closely with the store at this exciting time to maximise opportunities from the partnership for staff, customers and the local community.”

Store Manager, Paul Beanland and staff with representatives from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust – Emma Chapman (WWT Director of Business and Commercial Services) and Rebecca Goddard (Fundraising Officer). Photo credit: Ralph Harvey

The fundraising partnership forms part of The Southern Co-operative’s new 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/