Christmas has come early for more 200 organisations in Shropshire and Mid-Wales, after Harry Tuffins, part of The Midcounties Co-operative, raised over £47,000 to support the work of local community groups.
Colleagues from the Society’s Churchstoke store raised the five-figure sum at its annual Fun Day, smashing last year’s fundraising total. The grants were made possible after local residents turned out to enjoy two days of fun and took part in activities such as go-karting and long bow archery tuition, as well as getting the chance to try out more extreme opportunities such as helicopter rides.
The donations are part of the store’s commitment to support and give back to its local communities, and were handed over at an in-store cheque presentation led by Ben Reid, chief executive of The Midcounties Co-operative, which owns the six Harry Tuffins stores. He was joined by Roy Delves, who owns the country park where the Fun Day is held each year.
This year, the biggest donation has been given to local children’s hospice, Hope House in Oswestry, a charity that the store has supported for 19 years. The hospice will use the donation to support the training of nurses that provide care to terminally ill children in the region.
Local groups such as Churchstoke Football Club, St Nicholas Church and In2Mission have also received grants after making successful applications to Harry Tuffins.
Vince Sage, store manager at the Society’s Churchstoke store, said: “We had a fantastic turnout at the Churchstoke Fun Day, and we want to thank our customers for their on-going support in helping us to raise thousands of pounds for worthy local causes.
“Community groups and voluntary organisations provide excellent educational and support services to the local community and it is important that we play our part to ensure they can continue to help as many people as possible.”
Vanessa Thomas, fundraising manager at Hope House, said: “Without funding support like this from Harry Tuffins and the local community we wouldn’t be able to carry on providing care and bereavement services to as many local children and their families as we’d like. We want to thank all the colleagues involved, as well as the local community for their on-going support.”