Donations from shop reach £40,000 mark
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.