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More than £6,200 has been raised by Isle of Wight co-operative colleagues and customers in 2019 for local causes close to their hearts.

Every year, each convenience store part of Southern Co-op partners with a local cause chosen by colleagues and holds fundraising events.

In 2019, six different causes were chosen including:

  • Alzheimer Café Isle of Wight.
  • The Friends of Holy Trinity.
  • The Isle of Wight Bus and Coach Museum Ltd.
  • The Wight Brainy Bunch.
  • Wessex Cancer Trust.
  • West Wight Nursery.

Six of the Isle of Wight stores are now in search of their next charity partner, you can visit your local store to request an application form.

Rookley Charity Week

The stores looking for nominations for 2020-21 are:

  • Bembridge’s Sherbourne Street.
  • Carisbrooke’s High Street.
  • Cowes’s Mill Hill.
  • Freshwater’s Afton Road.
  • Rookley’s Main Road.
  • Sandown’s Avenue Road (petrol station).

To find out more about Southern Co-op’s charity partners, visit www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk/makingadifference/local-partnerships

Jessica Hughes, Community Investment Manager at Southern Co-op – the regional, independent co-operative, said:

“Each of our stores has a budget which they can donate to special projects but this total is separate. Every penny has been raised by colleagues and customers who want to help the store’s current charity partner.

“A lot of the causes are really small and may simply need help letting people know what they do. Then others have been running for years supporting hundreds of residents in their time of need.

“We are so proud of our colleagues who work tirelessly to give back to these causes. Thank you.”

Shanklin Colour Run

2019 Fundraisers for the charities were held by colleagues at nine stores include:

  • Bembridge’s Sherbourne Street.
  • Carisbrooke’s High Street.
  • Cowes’s Mill Hill.
  • Freshwater’s Afton Road.
  • Avenue Road.
  • Rookley’s Main Road.
  • Ryde’s West Street.
  • Sandown’s Avenue Road (petrol station).
  • Shanklin’s Regent Street.