Children benefit from store’s charity scheme

HANDOVER The cheque for the Elizabeth Foundation
HANDOVER The cheque for the Elizabeth Foundation

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A PRE-SCHOOL nursery for children with hearing problems has been given more than £1,000.

The John Lewis Knight & Lee store in Palmerston Road, Southsea, has donated £1,210 to The Elizabeth Foundation.

The money was raised through the store’s Community Matters scheme.

Every three months, three charities are chosen by the branch, and then customers use a token to vote for the cause they would like a share of £3,000 to go to.

The Elizabeth Foundation, based in the grounds of Queen Alexandra Hospital, got the majority of the vote with 40 per cent.

The charity plans to use the money towards its pre school nursery.

The cheque was presented to fundraising manager Alison Robinson who said: ‘We’re thrilled to receive this large donation through the shop’s charitable giving scheme Community Matters.

‘We would like to put this money towards our pre-school nursery, which helps 33 children aged two to four years, with a hearing loss.’

The Friday Carers’ Group received a donation of £1,120 after gaining 37 per cent of the vote, with the remaining 23 per cent – £670 – going to Breakthru.

John Smith, branch manager of 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.’