Supermarket staff in search for good causes

PUBLISHED: 09:24 27 July 2011

Waitrose Volunteer Workers, (l-r) Ann Neal, Tom Harding, Kevin Woolstenholmes, Lucy Acred, Ben Hill

Waitrose Volunteer Workers, (l-r) Ann Neal, Tom Harding, Kevin Woolstenholmes, Lucy Acred, Ben Hill


STAFF at an Ely supermarket are on the lookout for good causes in the town’s and villages across the district as part of a new community volunteering scheme.

Waitrose is calling on people to come forward with any projects, ideas or initiatives that need a helping hand so staff can don their gloves and work clothes and get involved.

All manner of projects will be considered, including sporting, care, youth, decorating and animal, and all staff ask is that the cause, project or club is based in East Cambridgeshire.

Waitrose Ely’s Kevin Woolstenholmes, said: “If this new scheme is anything like our Community Matters scheme I’m sure we will get a fantastic response and all projects will certainly be considered.

“All of our entries will be put to partners who will decide which projects we will be able to help.”

The staff have more than a hundred manpower hours to ‘spend’ and projects can involve just a single member or require some hard graft from a whole team.

Ely’s branch manager Ashley Brood, said: “We understand that local projects and charities are struggling for the funding that they need and used to get and the partner volunteering scheme is about getting involved in the community in a more open and practical way.”

To be considered for entry, a written submission outlining the nature of the project, where it will take place and how many hours will be required should be sent to Mr Woolstenholmes at Waitrose, Bray’s Lane, Ely CB7 4QJ.

The deadline for entries is August 10, after which staff will decide which projects have been selected.

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