Waitrose Havant has reached a milestone figure for its Community Matters (the green-token) scheme this Christmas, having donated a total of £100,000 to local good causes in the South Hampshire area since the scheme began in 2008.
As one of over 190 Waitrose branches to achieve this total, Waitrose Havant has contributed to the £28 million donated by the supermarket as a whole, supporting 84,000 causes.
Community Matters was launched in 2008 - every month each Waitrose shop donates £1,000 to three local good causes (500 in Little Waitrose shops). Over Christmas, the branch has chosen P09 Pioneers, Community Christmas day lunch and Step by Step for the young homeless to benefit from the scheme.
Tony Probert, Branch Manager at Waitrose Havant says: 'The green token might seem like a small gesture for our customers but they've helped us give £100,000 to hundreds of fantastic causes in the local area. The Community Matters scheme is a great way for us to get involved with the community, supporting causes which are important to both our employees and our customers and we're really pleased to have reached this milestone figure.'
Tina Varns, Manager Sustainability & Responsible Sourcing says: 'Community Matters has been a great success and a brilliant way for our branches to engage with their customers and the wider community to help support local smaller charities.