MP praises aid from Co-op for local groups

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MP George Hollingbery has praised a scheme to raise up to £30,000 to help young people in the Meon Valley.

Southern Co-operative launched its Community Card Scheme at two shops in Mr Hollingbery’s constituency – Clanfield and Wickham.

Co-op will make a donation to four local groups every time a customer swipes the card.

The initiative hopes to raise £10,000 from the Clanfield store and the money will go to East Hampshire Cancer Research and Clanfield Scouts.

Around £20,000 is hoped to be raised from the Wickham store and this cash will aid Meon Valley Lions and 1st Wickham Scout Group.

Mr Hollingbery attended the launch fun day of the scheme at the community centre in Wickham.

Mr Hollingbery said: ‘This is great idea by Southern Co-op, who chose the good causes by using a panel of local people, so making sure the cash went to the right organisations.

‘It’s great that local people can now shop locally and help local organisations with this card over the coming year.

‘It’s what community spirit is all about and I hope people get the card and get involved.’

Dozens of charities and organisations across the area have already benefitted from the scheme.

On Hayling, Hayling United Football Club and The Bridge Advice Centre are set to share a windfall of £30,000.

A total of £25,000 was split between Hayling Island Community Centre and Mill Rythe Infant School during a previous fundraising drive.