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Waitrose in Uckfield has handed a cheque for £520 to local children’s hospice, Chestnut Tree House, to help support local families in the community.
Celebrating 10 years of Community Matters, the longest community scheme of its kind, Waitrose has donated over £30 million to good causes by giving customers the power to make a real difference and get involved in their community.
“Our Community Matters scheme enables our customers to nominate charitable and other locally based organisations within the local community”, Tracey Eves at Waitrose, Uckfield, explained, “A token is given to customers after each transaction and they may choose which local organisation they wish to support by placing their token in the box for the relevant cause”.
On a monthly basis, three local organisations are chosen and £1,000 is divided between the causes in correspondence with the number of tokens that have been placed in each box.
“We chose Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice because it is a well-deserving charity. The care that is provided to children and families makes Chestnut Tree House different to other causes.” Tracey says.
Chestnut Tree House cares for around 300 children with life-shortening conditions and their families, including over 60 in East Sussex. They provide respite, emergency and end of life care at their purpose-built hospice near Arundel, and in children’s own homes across Sussex and South East Hampshire.
On receiving the cheque, Mikayla Bernstein, Corporate Fundraiser at Chestnut Tree House, commented, “We would like to say a huge thank you to Waitrose and everyone who chose to support local families at the Uckfield branch. The support from the local community will make a real difference to families”.