Southsea store gives cash to groups in new scheme

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KNIGHT & Lee department store in Southsea has announced the three charities that will benefit from its new fundraising scheme.

The Elizabeth Foundation, Headway Portsmouth and SE Hants and Footprints Down Syndrome Support will benefit from its Community Matters scheme.

It allows John Lewis customers to be involved in how much each charity receives via a token voting system in the store’s restaurant.

A £3,000 donation was split between the charities based on how many votes were cast on each one.

John Smith, branch manager of John Lewis Knight & Lee, said: ‘Our customers are now familiar with Community Matters and the feedback has been great.

‘People stop and take time to choose the charity they’d like to see John Lewis support.

‘It‘s exciting for us to see how the vote has been split and for us to now make the donations to these very worthwhile community groups.’

The next three charities to take part in the scheme are the Rowans Hospice, RETT UK, and the Mary Rose School.’