SHOPPERS in Denmead have helped three groups to a £15,000 windfall.
The 1st Denmead Scout Group, Hambledon Village Scout Group, and Denmead Swings and Things, will share the cash thanks to The Co-op’s community support card scheme.
Every time shoppers present their cards the shop contributes to the fund, with no cost to the customer.
Manager Stuart Clark said: ‘The organisations have really got behind the fundraising with the local community and their support has been fantastic, both in Denmead and Hambledon.
‘It’s been a really positive year of fundraising and it’s great that we’ve been able to raise the full amount for them.’
The 1st Denmead Scout Group Scout leader Angela Harwood said the £3,750 the group has been given was ‘outstanding’.
She added: ‘We currently have over 140 boys and girls in the village aged between six and 18 enjoying the Scouting adventure.
‘The money will be used to help fund a solar energy project for our headquarters.’
Swings and Things provides play equipment for children around the village.
The group was given a much-needed gift of £7,500.
Felicity Hull, from the charity, said: ‘It is very difficult to get funding in this current climate so we a very grateful for the donation.
‘We’re working closely with our young leaders to use the donation for projects and experiences for children and young people that we wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise.’
Hambledon Village Scout Group received the rest of the cash.
Co-ordinator Jenni Dixon said: ‘The Beavers, Cubs and Scouts are thrilled to receive the huge sum of £3,750 generated by the community support card.
‘As a relatively young group without our own headquarters we’ve worked hard to buy the equipment and supplies needed to run our exciting and varied programme, but have nowhere to store our belongings.
‘The money will be spent on fitting out two spaces in the village.
‘One will be the village hall where we hold our weekly meetings, and another at a nearby barn where we can not only store the more bulky items like tents and cookers, but can then run outdoor meetings for cooking, too.
‘We are so looking forward to having our kit accessible at the same time as it being safe, dry and rodent free.’