As a new pot of funding opens for applications, co-operative colleagues in Hampshire are celebrating their successful store fundraising in 2020.
A total of £28,200 was raised last year at The Co-operative Food stores in Hampshire thanks to the support from customers and local residents.
To show Southern Co-op’s appreciation to the local causes, the total was rounded up to more than £36,500 so each cause receives a minimum of £500.
The funding will go to 55 separate local causes – each of the stores’ local partners.
Fundraising activities at the stores ranged from colouring competitions and treasure hunts, to raffles and guess the sweets in a jar.
Holly Bramble, Southern Co-op’s Community and Campaign Co-ordinator, said: “Across all of our stores in the south, colleagues and customers raised a massive £120,000 for local partners. This was no mean feat as a lot of the bigger fundraising events had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.
“Despite the pressure a lot of families had to face last year, they have still found time to give generously and make a difference to local causes who have been keeping the communities going.”
Every year, each of Southern Co-op’s local food stores choose a local partner which aims to create greener, safer, healthier or more inclusive neighbourhoods.
With a lot of fundraising cancelled last year, these existing local partnerships will continue into 2021 as part of the ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ programme.
Southampton Hospital Charity, which will receive more than £1,500 thanks to fundraising efforts at five Hampshire stores, brings people together to raise life-changing funds for University Hospital Southampton – the South Coast’s leading healthcare provider. From specialist services to pioneering research, its incredible supporters enhance care, experience and outcomes for thousands of patients every year.
Jeneen Thomsen, Interim Joint Director at Southampton Hospital Charity, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has affected every department and staff member at University Hospital Southampton like never before. We are immensely proud of how our NHS heroes have gone above and beyond to save lives. We want to thank all The Co-operative Food stores across Southampton who have chosen to support the Children’s Hospital. Together, we are doing such incredible things.”
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, which will receive more than £1,700 thanks to fundraising efforts in North Baddesley, Emsworth, Westbourne and Stockbridge, has continued to provide the most critically ill and injured people in its region with the most advanced critical care available throughout the pandemic.
Ray Southam, Fundraising Manager at Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, said: “We are always amazed by the outstanding effort that staff and customers of co-operative stores put into their fundraising efforts to support Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.
“Thank you so much for your dedication to our service. You keep your Air Ambulance flying and saving lives.”
Southern Co-op’s Love Your Neighbourhood programme also enables charities and local causes to apply for grants of up to £500 to help sow the seeds to a secure, stronger future for everyone.
Applications are now open for 2021 local funding with more information via www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk/love-your-neighbourhood/.
The 55 local causes receiving funding in Hampshire include 1st Alderholt Scout Group, 1st Gosport Scouts, 28th Itchen North Scout Group, Age Concern Cowplain, Alresford Pigs Association, Andover Foodbank, Augusta Park Community Centre, Blossom Development Trust, Brain Tumour Research, Clanfield Junior School, Clever Never Goes – Action Against Abduction, Court Lane Infant Community Association, Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation, Eastleigh Basics Bank, Enable Ability, Friends of Lyndhurst Surgery, Friends of Four Marks, Friends of Lanterns, Friends of Limington House, Friends of Titchfield School, Gang Warily Scout and Guide HQ, Gateway Alternative Provision, George’s Rockstars, Gosport & Fareham Inshore Rescue Service, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, Hampshire Search and Rescue, Jane Scarth House – Romsey Cancer Support, League of Friends Romsey Hospital, Lions Community Store, Losing my Sight, Milford-on-Sea C of E Primary School, Motiv8 South, National Coastwatch, Overton Playgroup, Parkside, PLANETS Charity, Portsea Event Group, River Bourne Community Farm, Romsey Young Carers, Rowans Hospice, Southampton Hospital Charity, Society of St James, St Andrews Football Club, St Francis Animal Welfare, Stand Up, The Peak Centre, The Kings Arms, The Point – Tadley and District Community Association, The Warren Youth Club, Tuppenny Barn, Velmore Community Association, Victoria’s Promise, WAMs, Wave 105 Cash for Kids, and Whiteley Wanderers Youth FC.
Stores that took part in the fundraising in Hampshire were The Co-operative Food in Abbotswood’s Romsey, Alderholt’s Ringwood Road, Aldershot’s Lower Farnham Road, Alresford’s West Street, Alton’s High Street, Andover’s East Anton Farm Road, Charlton Road, Basingstoke’s Kings Road (South Ham) , Beggarwood’s Broadmere Road, Bishops Waltham’s High Street, Boyatt Wood’s The Parade, Chandlers Ford’s Falkland Court, Church Crookham’s Aldershot Road, Clanfield’s White Dirt Lane, Cowplain’s London Road, Crookhorn’s The Precinct, Denmead’s Hambledon Road, Drayton’s Havant Road, Eastleigh’s Leigh Road, Emsworth’s High Street, Fairoak’s Sandy Lane, Four Marks’s Winchester Road, Gosport’s Dartmouth Court, Forton Road and Palmyra Road, Havant’s St Albans Road, Hayling Island’s Elm Grove, Holbury’s Long Lane, Lee on Solent’s High Street and Twyford Drive, Liphook’s Headley Road, Lyndhurst’s High Street, Milford on Sea’s High Street, Moggs Mead’s The Crundles, North Baddesley’s Seymour Parade, Odiham’s High Street, Overton’s Winchester Street, Portchester’s White Hart Lane, Portsmouth’s Copnor Road, Devonshire Square, Eastney Road, Elm Grove, Fawcett Road, Great Southsea Street, Highland Road, New Road, Northern Parade, The Hard, Tregaron Avenue and Western Road, Romsey’s The Hundred, Warren Gardens and Winchester Hill, Salisbury’s Kelsey Road, Southampton’s Archers Road, City Gateway, Commercial Road and High Street, Southbourne’s Main Road, Stockbridge’s High Street, Tadley’s Franklin Avenue, Titchfield’s The Square, Waterlooville’s Milton Road, West End’s High Street, Westbourne’s The Square, Whiteley’s Yew Tree Drive, Wickham’s The Square, and Winchester’s City Road.