Colleagues from The Southern Co-operative Funeralcare in Rowner hosted a book, coffee and cake sale outside their branch on Rowner Road, Gosport raising £100.36 for disabled children’s charity, Whizz-Kidz.
The funeral home had a variety of homemade cakes on sale to scoff with refreshments, including Linda’s Lovely Lattes, on hand to wash them down. Passers-by also had the chance to search through the hundreds of second-hand books the branch had on sale for just 50p each.
Sue Morrison, Funeral Co-ordinator for The Southern Co-operative Funeralcare in Rowner said:
“We decided to be a bit different and host a book, cake and coffee sale because there is nothing like the feel of reading a good book with a nice hot coffee and scrumptious cake in hand! We were thrilled to raise over £100 for Whizz-Kidz, they are a fantastic charity and really do make a difference to children’s lives”.
The coffee, cake and book sale 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.
“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.”