Fun day marks the launch of new community fund

KICKING IT OFF A community day launched the Co-operative's charity scheme
KICKING IT OFF A community day launched the Co-operative's charity scheme
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COMMUNITY groups in the Lee-on-the-Solent area are in line to receive a £15,000 cash boost as part of a new charity 
initiative.

The Southern Co-operative has launched a new project which would see a pot of cash shared between three good causes from the area: St Faith’s Church, Steam Pinnace 199, and Crofton Saints Youth Football Club.

The organisation launched the scheme with a free family fun day on Saturday at Lee-on-the-Solent Junior School.

The Community Support Card scheme relies on the support of customers using the Co-operative store in Lee-on-the-Solent, but without spending any 
money.

Darren Kish, the Co-operative shop’s retail business manager, said: ‘The local community is always very supportive of our fundraising and these are three deserving good causes.

‘So I hope this year will be as successful as last year’s scheme.

‘We need customers to request a free card here at the store and have this swiped every time they shop in our store.

‘The more cards are swiped, the quicker the Southern Co-operative donates money towards the total figure.’

If the £15,000 target is reached, St Faith’s church will receive £7,500 from the scheme, which will help with the redecoration of function rooms there.

Steam Pinnace 199 will receive £5,000 towards the historic boat’s ongoing restoration, and £2,500 will go to Crofton Saints YFC to be spent on new equipment and kit.

Steam Pinnace 199, which is based in Gosport, has been undergoing a refit at The Maritime Workshop and has been operated and maintained by her owners and the National Museum of the Royal Navy.

Earlier this year, the Southern Co-operative’s Lee-on-the-Solent store donated £15,000 from its last community scheme.

That money was shared between Lee-on-the-Solent Community First Responders, and the area’s infant and county junior schools.

On Saturday, families enjoyed a day in the sunshine, sponsored by the shop, to launch this year’s community scheme.

There was live music, a barbecue, craft activities, and sports events throughout the day.

Mr Kish added: ‘The event was well supported by the local community and people stayed at the event making most of the activities on a very hot day.’