Staff from the Southern Co-operative in Hayling Island have put the fun into fundraising, collecting money for children’s charity Whizz-Kidz.
With a week of cake sales, raffles, competitions, fancy dress and dress-down days across the company, colleagues in the Elm Grove store raised £1,311 towards the company total of £15,230.
Whizz-Kidz aims to set disabled children free to reach their true potential and live their lives to the full, providing them with mobility equipment to give children the chance to be independent. The charity estimates 70,000 disabled children and young people in the UK are waiting for a wheelchair that fits around their lives.
Area manager for the Southern Co-operative, Gavin Hallam, set the target for the company to collect enough for one bespoke wheelchair, which costs in the region of £5,000.
He said: ‘Colleagues and customers really got behind this to support our £5,000 target, which would pay for a new specialised wheelchair, as they wanted to make a difference.
‘To triple that and raise £15,230 is such a fantastic achievement for all our staff.
‘Staff in the Hayling Island store dressed up in Whizz-Kidz green, decorated their store, held raffles and guess the teddy’s name and sweets in the jar competitions, and organised games and homemade cake sales.’
During the Co-op’s two-year partnership with Whizz-Kidz, the company has collected more than £250,000 for the charity.
Whizz-Kidz’s corporate account manager, Heather Ridley, said: ‘We are delighted to have the support of the Southern Co-operative’s colleagues and customers and we would like to thank everyone who helped make Charity Awareness Week such a big success.
‘The funds they raised are helping us to provide disabled children across the south of England with specialist mobility equipment. The £15,230 raised will provide three tailored, powered wheelchairs.’
For more information on the work carried out by Whizz-Kidz, visit whizz-kidz.org.uk.