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 Waitrose Gillingham has now donated a total of £100,000 to local good causes in the Gillingham area since its Community Matters scheme began in 2008.

Under the scheme each Waitrose store agrees to donate £1,000 a month to community causes and customers vote on which ones are supported by putting a green token in the box for each group.

The £100,000 milestone was passed in December and last week North Dorset MP Simon Hoare visited the Gillingham store as part of an official ceremony to mark the occasion, which included members of groups receiving the latest donation from the supermarket.

Mr Hoare said: ‘It’s a fantastic achievement and I think it underscores what a useful role supporting local community groups a company like Waitrose can have. These sums of money can make a huge difference to people who are trying to deliver services in the voluntary sector of our community.’

Chris Parry, branch manager at Waitrose Gillingham 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.’


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