Co-op team to raise funds for community

Councillors Fred Lewis and Carson Albury with Glebe Primary pupils at the opening
Councillors Fred Lewis and Carson Albury with Glebe Primary pupils at the opening

FOLLOWING the big relaunch of the Co-operative in Southwick last week, the staff are getting ready to head out into the community and raise funds for local causes.

The Co-op in Southwick Square was bustling on Friday as customers got a first glimpse of the £500,000 transformation that took just two weeks to complete.

We’ve been ringing the bells and giving out things like jars of carbonara sauce

Laura Warner

Services team manager Laura Warner said staff had been heading out into the town and offering residents free doughnuts.

“We’ve also been giving out fruit and brownies to the children at Glebe Primary School and Eastbrook Primary Academy,” said Laura.

This charitable act will not be the last for the Co-op team as the store gets ready to launch its community pioneer scheme.

“We have our community pioneer board and we’ve got two of our staff, Amy Hodges and Paula White, and they’ve got to go out into the community and help with events like cake bake sales, can drives, the how many sweets in a jar contest, and things like that,” she said.

The aim of the scheme is for staff to understand and develop solutions to meet the needs of Southwick.

“We also have colleague Tom Morris who will be doing a sponsored sky dive for Cancer Research.”

The shop opened its doors at 7am to a flood of customers who were treated to free goodies throughout the day.

“We’ve been ringing the bells and giving out things like jars of carbonara sauce,” said Laura.

Adur district councillor Carson Albury attended the opening with chairman of the council Fred Lewis.

Mr Carson said: “I had been in the store about eight weeks ago and I was so impressed with the changes.

“My opinion was confirmed by several of the customers that I spoke with. The management and staff should be very proud.

“I also spoke with several of the children from the Glebe school and they were very pleased to be included.”

The Co-op revamp includes a new bakery section, double the products on display, an area for public advertisements and a myHermes centre, which is an alternative service to the Post Office.