Good causes wanted by Waitrose


Around £5,000 has been donated to local charities by the Helensburgh branch of Waitrose since it opened last October and staff are keen for customers to suggest more good causes that could benefit.JJP_7999

Each month, through its Community Matters scheme, every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 that is shared between three local good causes nominated by customers and Partners.

At the checkout, customers receive a green token to place in the box for the charity they would most like to support. The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the donation they receive.

The Helensburgh beneficiaries this month are Funny Lumps, which offers support to children and their families living with neurofibromatosis, Luss Primary School’s fish egg classroom rearing project and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People (Helensburgh).

In February, Helensburgh RFC youth club was one of the charities to benefit. Iain Fletcher, chair of the club, was grateful for the £500 extra income they received.

Iain said: “We’re using the monies we received to keep our subscriptions at the same level so we remain inclusive for all local kids, as well as sourcing new equipment and sending our coaches on training courses.

“We’re grateful to everyone who placed a token in our box; their generosity and that of Waitrose is greatly appreciated.”

Brian Murrie, manager of Waitrose Helensburgh, said: “We’ve been open for almost six months and through our Community Matters scheme we’ve been finding out how many good causes there are to support in Helensburgh and the surrounding areas.

“We’re keen for more customers to nominate their favourite causes. We also have 250 hours of volunteering time available to any charity that needs a helping hand – so please get in touch.”

Last month, SSPCA Milton animal home, Befrienders, a one-to-one befriending scheme for vulnerable children, and the Dumbarton and Helensburgh Parkinson’s Support Group all benefitted from Community Matters.

Customers can nominate their favourite local charities and good causes by picking up a nomination form for Partner Volunteering or Community Matters in the shop.