Since the start of this year alone you have raised thousands of pounds for unpaid family and friend carers simply by selecting our box at the end of your shop.
Each month, through its Community Matters scheme, every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 divided between three local charities which have been chosen by its shoppers. The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger donation they receive.
Since the start of this year alone we have been chosen to be the community charity in Waitrose branches in Hitchin, Welwyn Garden City, Harpenden, Ricksmansworth, Bishop's Stortford and St Albans and in John Lewis Watford and Welwyn Garden City’s Place to Eat restaurants.
Cheques received so far include:
- December: Waitrose Hertford, £347
- February: Waitrose, Hitchin, £643
- March: Waitrose, Harpenden, £450
- March: Waitrose, Rickmansworth, £346
- March: Waitrose, Welwyn Garden City, £324
- Jan/Feb/March: John Lewis, Watford, £1,440
- Feb/March/April: John Lewis, Welwyn Garden City, £1,020
- May: Waitrose St Albans, £308
- June: Bishop's Stortford, £499
IT ALL ADDS UP TO A WHOPPING RUNNING TOTAL OF £5,377!
** Remember you can choose Carers in Hertfordshire to be one of the good causes at your local branch; ask in-store for details about this valuable scheme.
Our latest cheque was for £308 from Waitrose St Albans where staff member Georgie Durbin presented the cheque to Development and Fundraising Manager Linda Cudmore, above, and, below, Trustee Jenny Young received a cheque from the Bishop's Stortford branch for £499 from Jane Holly, Community Marketing Champion for the store.
“Waitrose, Bishop's Stortford is delighted to have been able to support Carers in Hertfordshire through its Community Matters scheme. To raise £499.00 really shows how important our customers view this charity as well as our staff. As many people in our community are unpaid carers it has been a great opportunity to be able to raise the profile of this great charity."
Linda also recently received a cheque for £1,440 from Pearl Robson, Community Liaison Coordinator at John Lewis, Watford. This is one of the highest amounts given to one charity in the history of the Community Matters scheme.
"Carers in Hertfordshire is a fantastic charity that our local community really can benefit from. With one in six of us at some point in our lives becoming a carer it is understandable why our customers and Partners got behind voting for them. The money will be used to to identify and support more hidden carers in our local communities."
Carers also received the lion's share of funds when we were charity of the month at Waitrose Hitchin in February.
Customer Services Team Leader Dee Brockway, who presented the cheque on behalf of the Hitchin branch of Waitrose, looks after her husband who has MS. They are separated but remain friends.
“With the help of friends, our son and myself, my husband is able to remain living independently in his own nice little bungalow. As one of a team, I have never thought of myself as a carer. I buy all the food and anything else he needs, prepare all his meals and look after his household admin stuff.”
Pictured: Development and Fundraising Manager Linda Cudmore, left, receiving a cheque from Customer Services Team Leader Dee Brockway for £643 from Waitrose, Hitchin.