Community Matters for St Martins in Gillingham

16th May 2010

Left to Right: Mary Blundy, Home Manager; Doris Gray, resident; Faye Cox, Waitrose.


St Martins, Care South’s residential home in Gillingham, received a funding boost of £300 in March, thanks to Waitrose and its customers. The residential care home with facilities for people with dementia was one of three local charitable organisations to benefit in March from Waitrose’s Gillingham branch Community Matters Fund.

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Under the Community Matters scheme, every Waitrose customer is given a green token each time they shop, which they use to select one of three local good causes they would most like to support. At the end of the month the Fund’s £1,000 is shared between the charities in direct proportion to the number of tokens they received. The fund’s beneficiaries – which are nominated by customers – are typically community groups, schools or local divisions of larger charities, so it’s all about helping the local community, and in a very democratic way.

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Residents held a meeting and decided to use the donation to fund some trips out and about during May. Some have chosen to visit a garden centre in Milborne Port to select fish for the home’s fish tank, others to go to Compton Abbas Airfield to watch the planes take off and land, and others to visit local attractions in Gillingham, followed by coffee – at Waitrose, of course!

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St Martins enjoys strong links with its local community and was delighted to receive this funding boost, donated by local people. St Martins resident Doris Gray and Home Manager Mary Blundy received the donation from Faye Cox at the Gillingham branch of Waitrose.