Bosham store invaded by pirates

It's a pirates life for these, top from left Kay Bailey, Nigel Kyte, Glynis Shepherd and Matt Harwood, bottom from left, Benji Shergold, Fiona Greenleves and Andy Harwood
It's a pirates life for these, top from left Kay Bailey, Nigel Kyte, Glynis Shepherd and Matt Harwood, bottom from left, Benji Shergold, Fiona Greenleves and Andy Harwood

PIRATES took over a Bosham store last weekend, for a fun-filled weekend of fundraising.

The Southern Co-operative, in Delling Lane, was invaded by pirates collecting funds for their treasure trove, all in aid of the charity Whizz-Kidz.

Holding the treasure, from left Benji Shergold, Kay Bailey, Glynis Shepherd and Fiona Greenleves

Holding the treasure, from left Benji Shergold, Kay Bailey, Glynis Shepherd and Fiona Greenleves

Colleagues at the store dressed up for the weekend and Bosham Sailing Club decorated the store from deck to galley to add to the nautical theme.

Customers joined in with a raffle, cake sale, face painting and games for all ages.

There were tastings from local producers who supply store’s Local Flavours range, including Westbourne Bakery, Isle of Wight tomatoes, Popcorn Kitchen, Farmhouse Cookery and Caroline’s Dairy ice cream.

Store manager Fiona Greenlees said: “Colleagues at the store took up my challenge to arrange a fundraiser for our charity partner Whizz-Kidz and the ideas snowballed, so it was all hands on deck for our pirate weekend.

Pirates invaders, from left, Glynis Shepherd, Fiona Greenleves and Kay Bailey

Pirates invaders, from left, Glynis Shepherd, Fiona Greenleves and Kay Bailey

“We have been working hard to build links with our local community as the store is so central. Local residents have really embraced this, so we wanted to create a fun, fête-like atmosphere which brings the community together and raises money for a fantastic cause.”

Whizz-Kidz, The Southern Co-operative’s charity partner, provides disabled children and young people with vital mobility equipment, opportunities to meet and have fun, as well as training to help them gain skills and look forward to a bright future.

The charity estimates there are more than 70,000 children in the UK waiting for the right equipment to fit their young lives.

Since the partnership began in May last year, The Southern Co-operative has raised more than £240,000 with the support of its customers, members and colleagues.

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