Waitrose shoppers help bag £550 for Sidmouth Voluntary Services

Sidmouth Voluntary Services recieves £550 donation from Waitrose Community Matters
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Sidmouth Voluntary Services recieves £550 donation from Waitrose Community Matters Pictured from the left: Hazel Apps, Kay Drodge, Tony Drodge, Francis Newth and Julie Marish (with dining club members in the background) - Credit: Archant

‘Donation is a great help in enabling charity to continue its valuable work’

Shoppers have helped bag an additional £550 of funding for Sidmouth Voluntary Services (SVS).

The charity provides assistance and support to over-60s and disabled people in the town and is entirely reliant on its own fundraising efforts - so the boost will be a big help in its work.

Waitrose Community Matters selected SVS from nominations as one of its chosen causes for December and the store’s Julie Marish recently presented a cheque to the charity at its Twyford House base.

Speaking on behalf of SVS, Kay Drodge said: “We are a charity that gets no money other than our own efforts in raising funds – these we need to run our lunch club and the minibuses that we use for shopping trips and other outings for our members. The Waitrose donation will be a great help towards this.”


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The SVS serves coffee from 11.30am Monday to Friday, followed by lunches for a reasonable price and offers a minibus shuttle service if required, as well as regular shopping trips and a medical car if needed.

Anyone interested in booking a lunch can call 01395 515063 or, for one of the transport services, ring 01395 512221.

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Kay added that volunteer drivers are always needed to help continue the valuable service and appealed for possible recruits to get in touch.

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