THE allocation of this year’s charity drive ‘Give Back’ organised by Frensham Village Shop which stands at £3,378 will be announced next month, as the shop celebrates its 20th birthday.
On Sunday, February 21, the shop will celebrate its 20th year in business, a milestone reflecting huge support from customers, volunteers, local suppliers and many more.
Clare Grist, who deals with the social media aspect of the shop, said: “The shop would not be commercially viable, but can only play its role through the support of volunteers, the good fortune of ‘peppercorn’ rent, and the energy and initiative of [store manager] Paul and all the team.
“It does, however, generate a small surplus of 1p to 2p for every £1 spent or circa £1 for each hour of shop opening. Not to be taken for granted, but there’s now a sufficient buffer for an annual ‘Give Back’ of future surpluses.
“As a Community Interest Company, qualifying causes need to be for the benefit of Frensham and Dockenfield.”
Four causes have been identified for this year, to share the 2014 surplus of £3,378, to be split according to the nomination of customers – with a minimum guaranteed donation of £200 to each cause.
These are St Mary’s School’s library appeal; Frensham Pond Sailing Club’s Sailability; St Mary’s Church, tower appeal; and The British Legion’s roof appeal and disabled access.
From now until February 20, if shoppers spend more than £5 in store, they can award a token to the cause of their choice – while pitching ideas for next year.