THREE good causes will share £30,000 from the Southern Co-operative, following the success of its Community Support Card scheme (CSC) at its East Wittering store.
The groups, 1st East Wittering Guides, Sidlesham Primary School and the Sussex Snowdrop Trust, will receive £10,000 each.
The school will buy tablets and laptops for students, the guides plan to buy new equipment and the Sussex Snowdrop Trust will spend the cash helping children with life-threatening illnesses.
Kelly Emmence, retail business manager at Southern Co-operative, said: “The CSC scheme relies on customer support, but without costing them a penny. Shoppers simply need to request a free CSC card at the store and have this swiped each time they shop here. The more cards are swiped, the quicker the Southern Co-operative donates towards the total.”
Alison Bardsley, headteacher of Sidlesham Primary School, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be receiving this funding. We’re only a small school with a small budget, so £10,000 will make a massive difference.
“We’re looking to improve our ICT provision and buy tablets and laptops to benefit pupils throughout the school. We wouldn’t be able to do this without the help we’ve had from the Southern Co-operative and our local community.”
Jacqui Manuel from Girlguiding East Wittering said: “We are in the process of taking on the lease of the building in which we meet and will use the money to improve facilities and buy new equipment upon completion. We have also recently opened a new Rainbow unit and a new Brownie unit in the village and will now be able to buy equipment and resources for them to use each week, which they are very excited about.”
Nigel Hoggarth from the Sussex Snowdrop Trust said: “The charity helps children with life-threatening illness and their families with anything that will make a difference. I have personally experienced the invaluable help Snowdrop gives to families caring for a very sick child and know this money will be used wisely and benefit many families in our area.”
The store is now inviting charities and good causes to bid for a further £30,000 from the scheme. For more, pick up an application form at the store before May 1.