The Southern Co-operative’s food stores and Funeralcare homes across Somerset are looking for a charity partner based in the area to fundraise for throughout 2016/17.
As part of The Southern Co-operative’s new ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ community scheme, the convenience stores and funeral homes are encouraging charities, community groups and good causes to apply before 10th October to become their official fundraising partner.
Jessica Hughes, Community Investment Manager for The Southern Co-operative said: “The Southern Co-operative is run by local people, for local people, and after consulting with over 4,000 members and colleagues about our community engagement, we have developed our new localised ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ community scheme. Love Your Neighbourhood focuses our community activity on benefiting the communities we serve at a much more local level and gives all stores, funeral homes and other areas of our business the opportunity to choose their own fundraising partner.”
Love Your Neighbourhood will address four key themes, promoting: ‘Greener Neighbourhoods’, ‘More Inclusive Neighbourhoods’, ‘Safer Neighbourhoods’ and ‘Healthier Neighbourhoods’. Charities applying for a fundraising partnership need to demonstrate how they support one of these categories.
Once a local cause has been chosen through a colleague vote, The Southern Co-operative’s Food store colleagues, customers and members across Somerset will begin fundraising for the charity. Previously, colleagues have engaged in a variety of different sponsored activities for charity including sky dives, abseils, runs, weight loss challenges and much more!
As part of the Love Your Neighbourhood programme, all of The Southern Co-operative Food stores and Funeralcare homes across the south are currently on the hunt for a local fundraising partner.
To apply, please pop into a Southern Co-operative food store or funeral home to collect an application form or visit http://www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk/makingadifference/local-partnerships/ and fill in the downloadable form which will need to be returned to your local store. Alternatively, you can e-mail: [email protected] for further assistance. The deadline for applications is 10th October 2016.
Photo: L-R: Lorraine Cobb – Funeral Co-ordinator, Garry Farne – Food Store Manager, Pam Howe – Food Store Team Leader and Ali Davidson – Funeral Co-ordinator.