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2 August 2019

The Southern Co-operative and Totland nursery raise £2,000 for a local cause

Colleagues from a co-operative retail store and an Isle of Wight nursery have partnered up and raised more than £2,000 for the local cause

Through two fundraising events and a mix of other activities, teams from both centres have run, bounced and danced their way to the final fundraising total.

All money will go to The West Wight Nursery, a Totland-based charity which provides a community nursery for all children between the ages of three months to 12 years.

The nursery was first supported by The Co-operative Food in Freshwater last year after thieves had targeted the children's charity and made off with valuable gardening tools.

Neil Riley, Store Manager at the Freshwater store which is part of Southern Co-op, said: "Back in October, we joined up with a few of our sister stores and funeral branches to raise enough money to replace the stolen equipment. It was then that our colleagues here saw how special they are and decided to partner up with them for a whole year.

"We are so glad we did as it has already been so much fun. We held a charity children's party the other week which was a fantastic evening and very well supported by the parents and children from the nursery.

"We had a DJ, face painting, games, food, drinks and lots and lots of dancing. We raised over £400 in the end but more importantly for us we got to meet and socialise with families from our community. We really had a great time."

A total of 11 nursery and store colleagues also competed in a 5k inflatable run.

Neil added: "We tackled the course as a team and all finished at the same time. We had an amazing time.

"Hardest part was definitely the wall. We had to help each other and it wasn't something you could tackle and still look cool if you know what I mean."

Kim Tyrell, Manager at the West Wight Nursery, said: "I just want to say just how grateful we are for the support of Southern Co-op and their colleagues who have been integral in supporting our fundraising efforts.

"They have supported the food and DJ for our kiddies disco, a successful bucket shake and bag pack in store, and the fun group effort for the 5k race which Southern Co-op helped with transport costs. 

"They are all just so willing to help out and I don't think the community realises quite how much the stores do for charity. We are so grateful."

Other in-store fundraising activities also took place during Southern Co-op's charity awareness week in July.

Southern Co-op is supporting the nursery as part of its community engagement programme ‘Love Your Neighbourhood'. This initiative addresses four key social themes for promoting: ‘Greener', ‘Healthier', ‘Safer', and ‘More Inclusive' neighbourhoods.

To find out more, visit www.southernco-op.co.uk/makingadifference


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