Simple swipe of card will benefit two Emsworth groups

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SHOPPERS have dug deep to help provide community groups with a £15,000 windfall.

The Co-op in Emsworth has relaunched its community support card scheme and the recipients have been chosen as Emsworth Business Association and Emsworth Pastoral Centre.

Over the coming year, shoppers will be asked to swipe a card every time they buy groceries.

A small portion of the cash goes towards the kitty.

Carol Haskett, chairwoman of the business association, said: ‘The money will enable us to grow our achievements and to provide even more enhancements to our town.’

Melinda Cripps, manager at the pastoral centre, said: ‘We are really delighted to have been chosen to benefit from the 2011 Community Support Scheme.

‘For 25 years the centre has been providing the local community with “welcome, friendship and refreshment to everyone without prejudice or expectation” entirely from donations and the kindness of the volunteers who staff the coffee bar six days a week.

‘We want it to be a haven, the kind of place people feel relaxed and can stay as long as they like without feeling any pressure to buy another drink.’