Odiham Co-op launches latest charity scheme

James Knott, retail business manager at the Odiham store.

James Knott, retail business manager at the Odiham store.

First published in News by , Senior Reporter

A SHOP in Odiham has launched its latest community support scheme which could see good causes get up to £10,000.

The Southern Co-operative, in High Street, has started its 2014 Community Support Card, a grant scheme which is driven by customers. It now wants local charities and good causes to bid for the cash.

Last year, the store gave £3,000 each to two local groups – the North Warnborough Community Football Support Association and the Jack Bland Memorial Fund.

The football association is attempting to promote youth football in Odiham and North Warnborough, and hopes to set up a pitch in Recreation Road, Odiham.

The Jack Bland Memorial Fund was set up in memory of an Odiham teenager who died in 2011, and raised cash for Odiham and Greywell Cricket Club and Hook and Newnham Basics.

James Knott, retail business manager at the store, said: “As a co-operative, supporting our local community is key to our ethos and business success.

“The support we get here in Odiham is usually really good for our fundraising campaigns, so I would urge local good causes and charities to call into the store and apply for this £10,000 scheme.”

The scheme works by customers signing up for a free card which is swiped every time they visit the store.

The more cards that are swiped, the quicker The Southern Co-operative donates towards the £10,000 total available.

For more details, visit thesouthernco-operative.co.uk

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