John Lewis cash helps three local charities

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THREE charities have benefited from a department store’s funding scheme.

The John Lewis Knight and Lee shop, in Palmerston Road, Southsea, ran its Community Matters scheme, which involves customers, in voting.

At the end of each round of voting, John Lewis splits a £3,000 donation according to the proportion of the customer vote received.

The Royal Voluntary Services gained the majority of the vote and was given £1,122.

The charity plans to use the money to provide transport and meals support for the elderly.

Second Chance Childrens Charity received a donation of £945, which will go towards supporting social and leisure facilities for the youngsters.

Silent Voices will use its donation of £933 to help and support organisations who provide assistance for the children and their families.

Store branch manager John Smith said: ‘It’s exciting for us to see how the vote has been split and for us to now make the donations to these worthwhile community groups.’