Colleagues from The Southern Co-operative Funeralcare in Cowplain, Leigh Park and Waterlooville hosted a coffee and cake morning at the Waterlooville Community Centre raising £220 for disabled children’s charity, Whizz-Kidz.
The funeral homes sold a variety of homemade cakes to scoff with refreshments, including tea and coffee, on hand to wash them down. Customers were encouraged to donate however much they would like to the charity towards their cakes and drinks.
Ali Davison, Funeral Co-ordinator for The Southern Co-operative Funeralcare in Waterlooville said:
“We thought a cake sale would be a great way to raise money for Whizz-Kidz – after all, everyone loves cake! We didn’t want people to feel pressurised to have to donate a certain amount to charity, so thought it would be more fun to leave it to our customers, 10p, 50p £1, whatever people thought their cake was worth!”
The coffee and cake morning formed part of The Southern Co-operative Funeralcare’s service-wide fundraiser hoping to conclude their charity partnership with Whizz-Kidz, with a bang, adding a cash boost to the £335,000 already raised by The Southern Co-operative.
The fundraiser, ‘Release the Piece’, involves all 59 branches and services from The Southern Co-operative Funeralcare receiving one section of a giant jigsaw puzzle, to ‘Release the Piece’ of the puzzle and to help it form the overall jigsaw image, each branch and service must host a fundraiser in aid of the disabled children’s charity, Whizz-Kidz.
Amanda Wilkinson, Director of Fundraising for Whizz-Kidz said: “My huge thanks to the colleagues of The Southern Co-operative Funeralcare for their support for Whizz-Kidz. We’re delighted that so many colleagues are getting involved in the ‘Release the Piece’ fundraising challenge, aiming to help the partnership raise an additional £5,000. This fantastic sum is enough to enable us to provide a disabled child with a life-changing powered wheelchair, giving them the freedom and independence they need to enjoy a fun, active childhood.”
Throughout March and April, all 59 branches and services, including their funeral homes, florist, crematorium, masonry and natural burial ground, will be holding local fundraisers, ranging from a colleague car wash with cake, a Race Night, samba band busking and book sales. Once each branch has held its fundraiser, the jigsaw puzzle will be put together by an ambassador from Whizz-Kidz who will announce the total raised for the charity.
Amanda continued: “The right wheelchair is just the start, The Southern Co-operative is also raising funds to help us deliver our skills training, youth groups, residential camps, and work skills programmes, helping young disabled people gain the skills and opportunities they need to reach their true potential.”