Southern Co-op Funeralcare in Shaftesbury to Host Hand Carwash with Tea and Cake to Raise Money for Disabled Children

The Southern Co-operative Funeralcare branch in Shaftesbury will be hosting a hand car wash with tea and cake for the public outside their branch at Greenacre House, Salisbury Road on Saturday 19th March to raise money for disabled children’s charity, Whizz-Kidz.

The funeral home colleagues and volunteers will be cleaning the outside of cars between 12 and 3pm for a suggested donation of £5.00 whilst people wait in the comfort of the branch with hot tea and fresh, homemade cakes. Individuals who make donations towards their refreshments will also be entered into a raffle with the chance to win a hamper filled with goodies from The Southern Co-operative food stores.

The Southern Co-operative Funderalcare Shaftesbury Car Wash MARCH 2016

Suzanne Smith, Funeral Co-ordinator for The Southern Co-operative Funeralcare in Shaftesbury said:

“We have chosen to set up a car wash to raise money for charity as it’s something the whole team could get involved in, plus, we’re not on the main high street, so thought we would take advantage of the extra space we have to provide a service people will want! We’re welcoming as many people as possible to come along on the day and visit by either having their car washed or just having a slice of cake and tea with us. We would love to be able to clean at least 20 cars in the time to raise as much money as possible for Whizz-Kidz.”

Shaftesbury’s carwash forms 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 until 16th 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.”

The charity car wash will be taking place at The Co-operative Funeralcare Shaftesbury, Greenacre House, Salisbury Road, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8BS from 12.00pm until 3.00pm on Saturday 19th March.