Southern Co-operative cooks up a festive treat for volunteers

Staff from the Southern Co-operative brought an early Christmas treat for members and volunteers. Around 60 lunch club members and volunteers in Liss tucked into roast beef with all the trimmings followed by...

Staff from the Southern Co-operative brought an early Christmas treat for members and volunteers.

Around 60 lunch club members and volunteers in Liss tucked into roast beef with all the trimmings followed by mince pies and cream, donated and cooked by the co-operative. Staff from across the business pitched in right up to the board of directors with chair Mike Hastilow.

Chief executive Mark Smith, who helped with the lunch, said: “Our business is not only about running convenience food stores and funeral branches; as a co-operative we aspire to make a positive difference locally and volunteering is an important aspect of our community support.

“We actively encourage colleagues to get involved and offer their help to local good causes all year round. For the past few years we have worked with local organisations to serve Christmas lunch and bring some festive cheer to those who may not enjoy the luxuries at this time of year that many of us take for granted.”

Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) is an organisation that enriches the lives of older people and their families across Britain. They support older people by giving time and practical help to help them get the best from life.

The society also provided lunch for around 20 members at the Rowlands Castle RVS lunch club on the same day.

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