Many of our stores play a big part in their community. There are always local causes benefiting from our membership 1%, but there are also more causes, events and activities that our stores want to support. Whether it’s donating gifts for a charity raffle, sponsoring a school sports team or buying paint to decorate the community garden’s shed, the Community Donations Policy helps them do this.
Through the Policy, we give stores up to £250 to donate to a community group, club, or local event that’s not currently receiving their 1%. It’s part of my job to manage the signoff process, which means looking through everyone’s requests to decide where the money goes.
We’ve seen some great uses of the Community Donations Policy recently, and I wanted to share just a few of them:
Corpach’s Co-op – Walk in Memory
Our £150 donation supported Fort William’s recent Walk in Memory, which was organised for suicide awareness and prevention. This money paid for the store to provide juice, snacks, tea, coffee and cakes for all the walkers. The walk raised a total of £2050 for support groups and further assistance.
Eyemouth’s Co-op – Eyemouth United Under 16’s Football Club
The store donated to help reinstate this youth group and contribute towards new strips and kit. Colleagues also ran a cake stall on the opening day, raising an additional £179.87.
Petrol Launceston – Western Road – Treggy 7 Road Race (pictured)
480 runners from all over Devon and Cornwall took part in this road running race. The store used the donation to buy 600 bananas for finishers, use 100 carrier bags as goody bags, and help the marshalls clean up after the race.
Recently, more and more colleagues have started emailing us after they receive and use their money. It’s fantastic that so many stores are making a real difference in the community, and being able to see the photos and read the stories makes a big difference to me.
With Bonfire Night fast approaching, I’m expecting lots of stores to apply for donations, and it’s a great time to make the most of the Policy. If you’re thinking about making a request, make sure you do it before 1 October to get the money in time.
Every week I’m amazed by the number and variety of requests from stores across the country. We’ve always wanted to bring the Policy to our depots too, and we’re excited that, from October, we’re doing just that.