Wednesday 19 December 2018

Staff from Co-op stores across Guildford visited the hospital recently to present Royal Surrey County Hospital Charity with an incredible donation of £9,134.28.

Guildford’s three Co-op stores – Woodbridge Hill, Madrid Road, and Aldershot Road – raised the money thanks to the supermarket’s Local Causes initiative, as well as through in store fundraising. The donation will support running the hospital’s Teenage and Young Adult Cancer service (TYAC), so it can continue to provide peer support groups, social outings and adventure weekends away for young people living with cancer.

Through its Local Causes scheme, Co-op donates 1% of the total that members spend on branded foods as well as money raised from sales of carrier bags and Co-op scratch cards. Alongside this, over the past year the stores have held charity collection tins and fundraising days.

During their visit to the hospital, staff from the Woodbridge Hill store were given a tour of the TYAC unit. Manager Steve Frost also surprised patients by donating chocolates, biscuits and toiletries as part of Co-op’s Doorstep Challenge.

Sandy Lowry, Events Fundraising Administrator, said:

The donation means our fantastic TYAC service can continue to offer the support young people living with cancer can need. Having spoken to patients at Royal Surrey, that support really can make all the difference. Thank you to all the staff at Co-op stores across Guildford and to every member who chose to support Royal Surrey County Hospital Charity; you have helped raise an extraordinary amount.

We’re thrilled that Co-op Local Causes has once again chosen to support the charity for 2018-19. This year, the stores will be raising money to transform care and enhance the hospital experience for patients with dementia. If you’re a Co-op member, you can help by choosing to support the charity.

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