Battle breaks out between Southern Co-op colleagues

A fight is set to take place in Cosham and Fareham on Wednesday (10th October) but shoppers have no need to be alarmed as it is all in the name of charity.

Southern Co-op colleagues gear up for store wars

In fact, shoppers will have more reason than normal to stop at the two Naomi House charity shops as Southern Co-op colleagues are competing to raise the most money.

The two Southern Co-op teams have been ultra secretive about their plans for the day but it has now been revealed that people should expect tombolas and fancy dress themes which are a sight worth seeing.

In West Street, Fareham, shoppers will be trick and treated to a shop filled with Halloween fun plus a very special tombola.

Then in the High Street, Cosham, charity-shoppers will find themselves transported to the seaside with a nautical theme. There will also be a raffle, a tombola, a colouring competition and nautical cakes.

Silena Dominy, Southern Co-op’s Director of Corporate Affairs, said: “The tension in the office has been building up for weeks as the two teams have been coming up with ways to make it impossible for people to walk past the charity shops on the day.

“I am constantly seeing bagfuls of donated goods coming through the office as colleagues have been collecting things which people won’t be able to resist. One thing is for sure, the gloves are off (and up for sale) and shoppers are in for a real treat.”

Different organisations are taking over all seven Naomi House charity shops in Alton, Chineham, Cosham, Eastleigh, Newbury, Southampton and Waterlooville including Co-op Distribution Centre, Barclays Corporate, Unum and Tate Recruitment.

Naomi House and Jacksplace are Southern Co-op’s chosen charity as part of its community engagement programme ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’. Last week, colleagues held a quiz for the charity and raised almost £900.

Back in July, Southern Co-op announced colleagues had raised £20,000 for the charity in just six months from a range of activities including abseiling the Spinnaker Tower, a football tournament, running the London Marathon, spooky bake sales and taking part in the Jurassic Coastal Walk.

Southern Co-op’s community engagement programme ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ addresses four key social themes for promoting: ‘Greener’, ‘Healthier’, ‘Safer’, and ‘More Inclusive’ neighbourhoods. Click here to find out more.