£5,000 donated to local hospice

Children who are being cared for at a North Somerset hospice will be able to make the most of their time outdoors with brand new bikes.

The new bikes have been bought by Children’s Hospice South West, at Charlton Farm, thanks to a £5,000 donation from Southern Co-op retail stores.

A total of 19 stores across Bristol and North Somerset each made a donation to the hospice which cares for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

hospice Retail colleagues at the independent, regional co-operative, decided to make the donation when they heard the hospice was in need of outdoor play equipment.

David Jackson, Store Manager at Southern Co-op’s Ashley Down Road store, said: “We wanted to do something a bit different than just donating money.

“The hospice was already the charity partner of a number of our stores so we rang them and asked what would they need. When they said they didn’t have any outdoor equipment, we felt it would be a good thing to do to donate bikes.

“Together with all the stores in the area, we were able to raise £5,000 for the hospice which is incredibly special. It is quite an intimate hospice with a lot of care for individual children and it is local so helps so many local children.”

The donation has enabled the hospice to buy 18 new bikes for all age brackets from pre-school to adult.

The donations were made by colleagues at Southern Co-op stores in Corsham’s Macey Drive, Bedminster’s North Street, Bradford on Avon’s Winsley Road, Hanham’s Memorial Road, Pill’s Baltic Place, Keynsham’s Queens Road, Stoke Gifford’s North Road, Bath’s Widcombe Hill, Portishead’s Port Marine and Bristol’s Wells Road, Redcliffe Street, Ashley Down Road, Two Mile Hill Road, Church Road, School Road, Longdown Avenue, Whiteladies Road, and Gloucester Road.

Children’s Hospice South West cares for children with life-limiting conditions and their families by providing respite care and short breaks, as well as emergency, palliative and end of life care from its three hospices.

Amanda Gallagher, Corporate Fundraiser at Charlton Farm, added: “We rely on fundraising for almost all of our income, so backing from companies like Southern Co-op is essential in enabling us to continue our work.

“We care for around 500 families across the South West so this support will make a real difference to their lives.”

Southern Co-op’s stores supported the children’s hospice as part of its community engagement programme ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’.

This initiative addresses four key social themes for promoting: ‘Greener’, ‘Healthier’, ‘Safer’, and ‘More Inclusive’ neighbourhoods.

To find out more about Southern Co-op’s commitment to the local community, visit www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk/makingadifference/.