Waitrose branches in Guernsey have donated a total of £25,000 to Guernsey charities and causes through its ‘Community Matters’ scheme since the stores opened last year.
Since Waitrose opened its two branches in Guernsey they have provided funding to a total of 76 local charities and causes around the island.
At the checkout of Waitrose Admiral Park and Rohais, customers are given a green token to vote for one of six charities and causes – three at each branch – selected each month. Each charity and cause receives a share of £1,000 which is divided according to the number of green tokens collected for each during the month.
Charities and causes that have benefitted so far include the special care baby unit at Princess Elizabeth Hospital which received £600, Grow Ltd which received £484 and the Guernsey Swimming Club and the Guernsey Group of the Riding for the Disabled Association received £430 each.
Allen Edwards, branch manager of Waitrose Admiral Park, said the scheme has been a great success:
“We believe it is important to give our customers a choice about which charities and causes Waitrose supports and we are thrilled with the success of the scheme. There are a large number of charitable organisations in Guernsey that carry out important work and are reliant on much needed funding and we are pleased that this scheme allows us to develop a relationship with them.”
Kate Raleigh, chairman of the Association of Guernsey Charities, said: “These funds can give a real boost to smaller charities and groups locally. Community Matters gives them a great opportunity to raise much needed funds, whilst the addition of flag days now helps larger organisations as well.”
In total, Waitrose branches in Guernsey and Jersey have donated more than £64,000 to charitable organisations across the Channel Islands.
Charities and causes interested in registering to be part of the Community Matters initiative should contact the branches for more information.