AN initiative encouraging shoppers at the Co-operative in Mere to raise £10,000 for the town’s Scouting groups has kicked into action.
The Community Support Card (CSC) scheme relies on the backing of customers but without costing them a penny.
Customers wanting to support it simply need to request a free CSC card at the launch party or The Southern Co-operative’s Mere store and have this swiped each time they shop there.
The more the cards are swiped, the quicker funds are donated to the fund.
If the CSC scheme is successful, 1st Mere Scout Group will receive up to £7,500 and Mere Girlguiding up to £2,500.
Mere Scouts intend to use the funds to buy new tents and camping equipment including stoves, pots and pans, lanterns and furniture.
Mere Girlguiding also plan to purchase lightweight camping equipment as well as sports and games equipment.
Deputy manager at The Southern Co-operative’s Mere store Kate Philps said: “It is a great cause; keeping our children occupied and having fun, as well as teaching them how to interact with the community and giving them opportunities to do so many different activities.”
This is the second time the CSC scheme has run in Mere afterThe Southern Co-operative donated £7,000 to the Rosemary Goddard Centre and £3,000 to Mere Preschool last year.
The initiative was launched at a free family party in Mere Lecture Hall and included children’s activities and campfire songs with Mere’s Brownies, Rainbows,
Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Guides.
The party was opened by Wiltshire Councillor George Jeans.
For more information visit www.thesouthernco-operative.co.uk.