Making A Difference – Locally, the charity established by Nisa-Today’s to assist independent retailers add value to their local community, is set to make its first national donations to charity. While the majority of the money raised through sales in members’ stores goes to the retailer to donate to local charities and good causes, a percentage of the total fund is set aside for national charities and causes which the group supports.
Having been approved by the Board, donations of £14,400 to CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA, £14,400 to When You Wish Upon A Star and £28,800 to Action for Children (formerly NCH) will now be issued. In addition to these national charities two further donations of £1000 will be made to the Laura Crane Trust and the Church Lane Medical Centre in Scunthorpe.
Member retailers participating in Making A Difference – Locally have also started to use the accumulated funds in their individual charity accounts to make donations to charities and good causes in their localities. Being an essential part of their local communities is an area where independents have a huge advantage over the national supermarkets and through Making A Difference – Locally they can reaffirm their position at the heart of the community
In total the amount being donated to charities and good causes around the country from the Making A Difference charity fund amounts to nearly £80,000 and this figure is growing. The current group total raised through the charity since it was launched in May 2008 stands at over £600,000 and further donation applications are being processed by the charity’s board.
“Making A Difference – Locally was established to help independent retailers assist their local communities through charitable contributions to worthy local causes and it is great to see our retail members utilising the monies raised so far to help various charities close to their stores and their hearts,” says John Sharpe, managing director of Central Distribution Trading & Logistics at Nisa-Today’s.
“But despite the local focus of the charity, we also agreed when setting up Making A Difference that we would continue to support national charities with a percentage of the total group fund, and it is particularly pleasing to be able to help with such a healthy donation,” he added.