Co-op funeral home to fundraise for Gosport Shed

AN ORGANISATION that provides workshops and social activities for older men will be a firm's charity of the year.

Friday, 30th March 2018, 4:49 pm
Updated Friday, 30th March 2018, 4:50 pm

Colleagues at the Southern Co-op funeral home in Gosport are looking forward to a year of fundraising for The Gosport Shed.

It was set up in 2013 thanks to money donated from businesses including Southern Co-op and is based in the grounds of St Vincent College.

Les Blackburn, fundraiser and PR officer at The Gosport Shed, said: ‘Our shed was established because many older men find that retirement takes away most of our friends and our sense of purpose, leaving us vulnerable to physical illness and depression.

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‘The Gosport Shed provides a new network of friends and a renewed sense of purpose.

‘We were delighted when Southern Co-op selected us as their charity partner for 2018/19.’

The Shed scheme started in Australia and has since grown across the UK.

Gosport has seen its number increase over the past few years.

Claire Cobb, funeral co-ordinator at Gosport funeral home, said: ‘Having already helped to fund The Gosport Shed some years ago, we thought it would be great to link up with them again and provide more much-needed funds for their fantastic project.’