Do­na­tions from shop reach £40,000 mark

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk & world Update - By DAVID SEY­MOUR david.sey­mour@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk

TENS of thou­sands of pounds have been awarded to scores of good causes in and around Peter­bor­ough by the city branch of a su­per­mar­ket chain.

Peter­bor­ough’s Waitrose store, in Queens­gate, has do­nated a stag­ger­ing £40,000 to a wide range of wor­thy groups through its Com­mu­nity Mat­ters scheme, with a lit­tle help from shop­pers.

Launched in Septem­ber 2008, the project makes £1,000 avail­able for three good causes each month.

Each shop­per is given a to­ken to place into one of three bins, rep­re­sent­ing the month’s cho­sen ben­e­fi­cia­ries, when they leave the shop.

The £1,000 is then di­vided be­tween the causes based on cus­tomer ‘votes’.

Branch man­ager, Jon Ash­leyWebb said: “Our Com­mu­nity Mat­ters scheme en­ables us to con­trib­ute di­rectly to Peter­bor­ough’s well-be­ing and we are de­lighted to of­fer sup­port to so many wor­thy causes.

“A few hun­dred pounds can make a real dif­fer­ence to lo­cal projects. Com­mu­nity Mat­ters also helps char­i­ties to raise their pro­files for fu­ture fundrais­ing and gives them the op­por­tu­nity to net­work and build re­la­tion­ships with one an­other. It’s one way in which we work along­side our com­mu­nity and is an im­por­tant el­e­ment of our pres­ence here in Peter­bor­ough.”

Cus­tomers are able to nom­i­nate causes for the scheme. Peter­bor­ough Streets, which cares for the home­less, the poor and so­cially ex­cluded adults in the city, were in­vited to be one of this month’s ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

As­sis­tant fundrais­ing man­ager Diane Bent­ley de­scribed the scheme as “ex­cel­lent”.

She said: “It’s nice lo­cal char­i­ties are be­ing helped. At the time when the re­ces­sion is on, it’s bril­liant. It gives the gen­eral pub­lic a choice as well.”

A wide range of causes, from health char­i­ties to schools and dance troupes, have ben­e­fited since the scheme was launched.

Deep­ing St James’ Ex­otic Pet Ref- uge an­i­mal wel­fare char­ity re­ceived about £500 ear­lier this year.

Owner Pam Mans­field said: “I thought it was a fan­tas­tic idea.

“It’s nice for peo­ple to have that op­tion to choose their own char­ity to sup­port and it doesn’t cost them any­thing and it’s bril­liant for char­i­ties.”

She added: “Any amount of money is im­por­tant ob­vi­ously, we are all strug­gling at the mo­ment.”

ap­peal: Black­jack, Texas and Whiskey at Bram­ble­berry Grey­hounds, near Spald­ing, who need new homes af­ter their el­derly owner died. A DOG res­cue is look­ing for an “an­gel” or three to take in a trio of grey­hounds who have been left home­less be­fore Christ­mas.

Black­jack ( ), Texas (8) and Whiskey (10) were adopted a few years ago by an el­derly wo­man from Ayles­bury, who died this month.

They are now be­ing cared for by Bram­ble­berry Grey­hounds near Spald­ing, who have ap­pealed for any­one who could house one or all of them to come for­ward.

Sharon Saber­ton, who runs the branch of the Re­tired Grey­hound Trust, said: “I need an an­gel – or an­gels. Whiskey, Texas and Black­jack have hap­pily lived to­gether with their owner. They’ve not taken too great to be­ing back in the ken­nels af­ter such a long time. Could any­one help?”

For more visit www.bram­ble­berry-grey­hounds.co.uk or call 07843 55003.

char­ity boost: Waitrose in Peter­bor­ough has do­nated £40,000 to char­i­ties over the last three years.

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