Calshot RNLI announces fundraising partnership with Co-op Stores

Lifeboats News Release

Calshot RNLI and Co-op stores have announced a fundraising partnership as part of the Co-op’s Local Community Fund scheme.

RNLI/Jane Banting

Co-op Member Pioneer Vanessa Kerr with Calshot RNLI crew

For every pound that is spent by Co-op members in store, a penny is donated to one of three nominated organisations in the local area. Co-op stores where Calshot RNLI is included are the large Co-op store in Holbury and the two stores in Totton.

Co-op members can manage their preferences via a phone app or on the Co-op website to either have their donations split equally between the three local causes or can nominate one of them to receive the full amount of the money they have raised.

Vanessa Kerr, Co-op Member Pioneer said: ‘Co-op members receive money off their shopping and exclusive special offers, whilst also raising money for worthy local causes. We are very proud that our Local Community Fund scheme has raised over £117 million nationally. It is a simple process to become a Co-op member, you can do so in store or online.’

Calshot RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Jane Banting added: ‘We are delighted to have been selected as one of the organisations by the team at the Co-op, fundraising and donations are critical to ensuring that we can operate and our volunteers can continue to save lives at sea’

The fundraising scheme will run until the end of September 2023 and Calshot RNLI will have a display in the Holbury store throughout this time.

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