TWO Selsey groups received £12,500 each from the Southern Co-operative, following the success of its Community Support Scheme.
Local charities and good causes can bid for the funding and the organisations are decided by members of the Co-op who shop and work at the store.
Selsey Carers and the Selsey Community Bus were the chosen charities for the past year and £25,000 was donated to them.
Selsey Carers, which has an Information and Support Centre on Selsey High Street, provides carers with information, advice and both practical and emotional support.
Chairman of Selsey Carers, Jill Sturdey, said: “We would like to thank everyone concerned for raising these funds for our charity. It has meant we will now be able to look to the future with optimism and continue to support the increasing number of unpaid carers in the community.”
A completely voluntary group, Selsey Community Bus provides a local bus service, The Shuttle, around Selsey. Most of the recipients are elderly and find it difficult to walk so the bus is a lifeline to get to the shops and other local services.
David Gaitt, chairman of Selsey Community Bus, said: “We’re immensely grateful for the Southern Co-operative’s £12,500 donation and can hardly believe it. Our expenditure is essentially in keeping our bus on the road.
“We have fuel bills, repair costs, insurance and statuary inspections.
“In the main this is met by the small fare we charge and the bus pass fare income.
“This £12,500 will help us to overcome any unforeseen expenses which do arise from time to time, and will become more so as the bus ages, and will ensure we can provide a reliable daily service and the extra trips which we provide for our customers for a break.”
Natalie Benham, deputy manager at the Co-op store in Selsey, said: “It’s a real pleasure for us at the Southern Co-operative to be able to support them both in continuing the excellent service they provide to local people in Selsey.”