Grocery shopping raises community cash

ALL SMILES Manager of the Denmead Co-op Stewart Clark (right) presents Jacqui Bradshaw, left, headteacher of Denmead Infant School, two of her pupils Grace Stewart and Simon Strickland and Patricia Stallard from the Denmead Community Association with the cash.     Picture: Steve Reid (111010-047)

ALL SMILES Manager of the Denmead Co-op Stewart Clark (right) presents Jacqui Bradshaw, left, headteacher of Denmead Infant School, two of her pupils Grace Stewart and Simon Strickland and Patricia Stallard from the Denmead Community Association with the cash. Picture: Steve Reid (111010-047)

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GOING to the local convenience store to stock up on bread and baked beans has never been so much fun – or so neighbourly.

Shoppers in Denmead have managed to raise £13,100 for local causes, just by the simple swipe of a card at their local Co-op.

Residents have signed up for community support cards in their droves. It means for every £1 spent at Denmead Co-op, 3p has been donated to the kitty.

More than a year later and the stash of cash has grown considerably. Children from Denmead Infant School joined representatives from Denmead Community Association to receive cheques for £6,550 each.

Jane Andreoli, manager at the community centre, said: ‘We are thrilled. This is even more astounding when one considers that the money has been raised penny by penny, due to the diligence of local shoppers using  their community cards for every purchase. 

‘This is an incredible lesson in what can be achieved with a little effort from a lot of people.

Headteacher Jacqui Bradshaw said: ‘We were delighted to receive such a significant amount of money.’

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