Call for charities, projects and causes to benefit from scheme

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GOOD causes and community groups are being urged to apply to be the Southern Co-operative’s charity of the year.

The chain’s head office and neighbouring convenience store at 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour, are looking for a charity partner based in the Solent region to fundraise for throughout 2016/17.

As part of The Southern Co-operative’s new Love Your Neighbourhood scheme, good causes are urged to apply before July 31.

Jessica Hughes, communications and community engagement manager, said: ‘The Southern Co-operative is run by local people, for local people, and after consulting with more than 4,000 members and colleagues about our community engagement, we have developed our new localised Love Your Neighbourhood community scheme.

‘Love Your Neighbourhood focuses our community activity on the communities we serve and gives all stores, funeral homes and other areas of our business the opportunity to choose their own fundraising partner.’

Love Your Neighbourhood will address four key themes: Greener Neighbourhoods, More Inclusive Neighbourhoods, Safer Neighbourhoods and Healthier Neighbourhoods. Charities applying for a fundraising partnership need to demonstrate how they support one of these categories.

Once a cause has been chosen through a colleague vote, The Southern Co-operative’s colleagues, customers and members will begin fundraising. To apply, go to