A community support scheme by The Southern Co-operative store at Elm Grove on Hayling Island which aims to donate up to Â£25,000 to play Parks for Hayling celebrated a free family fun day on 16 May.
Families were invited to come to the Hayling Island Community Centre between and join in the fun, which included a barbecue with local Three Harbours Beef burgers and Treagust & Sons Butcherâ€™s sausages, bouncy castle, face painting, football competition, tombola plus tastings of local food and drink from The Southern Co-operativeâ€™s Local Flavours range.
The Â£25,000 community support scheme was launched by The Southern Co-operativeâ€™s Elm Grove store on Hayling Island in December 2014 to contribute to Play Parks for Haylingâ€™s Â£80,000 total target. Play Parks for Hayling aims to replace the play equipment in Hayling parks with modern and safe playgrounds, with Mengham Park identified by the children of Hayling Schools as the first to be modernised. Mayor Elect Leah Turner, the driving force behind Play Parks for Hayling, said: â€œIt is with great pleasure that I will be attending the free family fun day on 16 May as Mayor of Havant to celebrate the Play Park scheme which is being supported by The Southern Co-operative.â€
The Southern Co-operativeâ€™s Retail Business Manager, Pete Raynor, said: â€œOur store on Elm Grove is a long standing business on Hayling Island and weâ€™re proud of our reputation for supporting good causes and local fund-raising. Itâ€™s great for The Southern Co-operative to be able to help to provide a play facility that local children really want and will benefit from so much. Our customers are always so supportive of our community activities so Iâ€™m sure our free family fun day will be exactly that! We look forward to seeing everyone there!â€
Havant Mayor Cllr Leah Turner added; â€œPlay Parks for Hayling is excited and grateful to be the recipient of the money from this scheme run by The Southern Co-operative. Our project is for the children of Hayling Island and it seems very apt that our local The Southern Co-operative store on Elm Grove is supporting our endeavours. We hope that Hayling residents will support the store and therefore our project to boost the funds that will be available to PP4H. â€
The Southern Co-operativeâ€™s Â£25,000 community support scheme runs for one year and needs the support of customers at its Elm Grove store but without costing them a penny; they simply need to show their membership card for The Southern Co-operative when they shop there. If not already a member, you can join at thesouthernco-operative.co.uk/membership