A £10,000 donation from The Southern Co-operative store in Westbourne, West Sussex, has been shared between Westbourne Primary School PTA and the Good Companions Club following the success of the store’s Community Support Card scheme.
The Southern Co-operative runs the Community Support Card (CSC) scheme at selected stores across the south, and last July launched the scheme at the Westbourne store for the first time, pledging to donate up to £10,000 with the backing of customers. Retail Business Manager, David John Morgan, explained: “Our Community Support Card scheme makes a real difference to local good causes and we’re delighted to be able to support our community like this.” He added: “The scheme doesn’t cost our customers anything to support; they simply needed to have a free CSC card, which we give out free, and have this swiped each time they shop here. The more cards are swiped, the quicker The Southern Co-operative donates towards the total.”
Westbourne Primary School PTA has received £7,500 with £2,500 going to the Good Companions Club. Steven Potter, Headteacher at Westbourne Primary School, said: “I want to thank The Southern Co-operative for this donation. Our swimming pool needed to be relined and with this money we have been able to do the work needed so that the pool is ready for the children to enjoy in the summer term.” Members of the Good Companions, whose club is for locals aged over 55 meets fortnightly at Westbourne Club, will decide how their donation will be spent; activities available include outings, events and a regular social group and lunches.