Winning result for charity at Waitrose

The support of shoppers at Waitrose Basingstoke has got 2016 off to a great start for Ark Cancer Centre Charity.

The Community Matters scheme allows customers to decide which charity they would like to support by voting at the shop with a token, which is handed out to customers with each purchase. At the end of each round of voting, John Lewis and Waitrose split the donation between three charities according to the proportion of the customer vote each receives.

We were proud to be one of the first charities to be chosen to benefit from the Community Matters local charitable giving scheme at the combined Waitrose and John Lewis at home store on Basing View. The three local charities that benefitted from the first Waitrose scheme, which ran for slightly longer over November and December following the store's opening on November 12, have now been told the amount they will receive. And the result was....

Ark Cancer Centre Charity is delighted to have been awarded a total of £1,030. 

The John Lewis scheme will see £3,000 split between three local charities every three months, so please keep putting your dark green tokens in our box!

"Thank you to all the Waitrose shoppers who supported the charity by putting their tokens into the collection boxes during November and December. We were delighted that the charity received the most tokens during both months, which is much appreciated and a great show of support. "We hope that shoppers will continue to show their support for the charity through the collection boxes in John Lewis at home."

Community Matters is part of John Lewis Partnership’s ongoing commitment to support the communities in which it operates, aiming to engage customers, partners and suppliers to make a lasting change.

In the photos below, Mark Jones, second right, is pictured at the November 12 opening with branch managers Ali Gilbert, left, Jamie Rodgers, right, and representatives from the other two charities that took part in the inaugural Community Matters scheme. Also pictured is one of the Waitrose collection boxes.