Southern Co-op HQ team raises £1,300 for children’s hospices

Southern Co-op’s head office team based at Lakeside in Portsmouth have raised over £1,300 in just two months for their new Winchester based charity partner, Naomi House & Jacksplace, hospices for children and young people.

Colleagues in the central support office as well as those working in the Co-op food store on site have held cake sales, a 14.81 mile sponsored walk around the perimeter of Portsmouth, bootcamp exercise training sessions as well as selling charity Christmas cards to raise funds.

In the lead up to Christmas, staff have set up a ‘giving tree’ with colleagues donating a variety of gifts and toys for children who attend the hospices as well as their siblings. Staff can also donate £10 for ‘the gift of fun’, which can provide a child with a messy or sensory play session; or £30 for ‘the gift of friendship’ which could help children and young adults to make friends through youth clubs, discos and nights out. A Christmas raffle with some great prizes aims to lift the figure even higher before the festive holidays begin.

Mark Smith, Chief Executive of Southern Co-op said, “The head office and retail store teams have pulled out all the stops to raise funds for this great charity and it’s been wonderful to see such creativity and energy put into fundraising here as well as in our other stores across the south, this year.

“Naomi & Jacksplace hospices provide expert care to life-limited and life-threatened children, young people and their extended families from Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Berkshire, West Sussex, Surrey and the Isle of Wight. Southern Co-op colleagues  will continue to support their excellent and much-needed work next year.”

Charities and community groups can apply for cash donations or goods in kind through the ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ scheme, 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/.