Rossendale Free Press - - Rossendale People - BARRY HYDE

BARRY Hyde, mem­ber of the Pro­mot­ing Rossendale Part­ner­ship Board, takes a look at su­per­mar­kets sup­port­ing the com­mu­nity.

There are many amaz­ing com­mu­nity groups and or­gan­i­sa­tions that work to sup­port the Rossendale com­mu­nity. What many do not know is that su­per­mar­kets such as Tesco, Asda and Mor­risons work ex­tremely hard to sup­port those groups and com­mu­nity ini­tia­tives in a num­ber of ways. They pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for groups and char­i­ties to raise funds through di­rect in-store fundrais­ing or bag packs and some groups such as choirs and brass bands per­form in-store to raise funds for their groups. Tesco Haslingden had a book sale last year, which raised more than £2.5K for lo­cal char­i­ties and Asda Rawten­stall even hosted a wed­ding re­cep­tion. There are also store projects that pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant funds for groups through such things as nom­i­nated char­ity ini­tia­tives and book sales. Su­per­mar­kets are ex­tremely ac­tive in sup­port­ing food groups and sup­port net­works through food do­na­tions that are so vi­tal to those in need in our com­mu­ni­ties. Tesco, Asda and other su­per­mar­kets have fund­ing streams that are ac­ces­si­ble to com­mu­nity groups to help sup­port spe­cific com­mu­nity projects. Much of the com­mu­nity en­gage­ment is car­ried out by ded­i­cated Com­mu­nity Cham­pi­ons such as Co­lette But­ler at Tesco Haslingden and Laura Sax­ton at Asda Rawten­stall, who not only sup­port ac­tiv­i­ties within their stores but also go out into the com­mu­nity sup­port­ing groups and ini­tia­tives that ben­e­fit the whole Rossendale com­mu­nity.

The sup­port given, par­tic­u­larly through in-store fundrais­ing and the do­na­tion of food items, re­lies to­tally on the gen­eros­ity of their cus­tomers and this is likely to be the case for the fore­see­able fu­ture. They can also of­fer other fa­cil­i­ties to lo­cal groups. So for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion of how your do­na­tion can help, or for in­for­ma­tion on com­mu­nity fund­ing, please con­tact the su­per­mar­ket com­mu­nity cham­pion.

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