Shoppers nominate good causes to receive £3,000

left, Waitrose manager, Clare Baker, Denise Paul (Northants Carer), Maria Borg (Sanctuary Night Shelter), and Rachel Wilson, and Louise Hodkinson (Accommodation Concern)

left, Waitrose manager, Clare Baker, Denise Paul (Northants Carer), Maria Borg (Sanctuary Night Shelter), and Rachel Wilson, and Louise Hodkinson (Accommodation Concern)

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Three charitable organisations have been boosted by donations made through a supermarket scheme.

Waitrose in Rushden has donated £54,000 to local charities through its Community Matters project since 2008 .

Branches have £1,000 per month to divide between the three local organisations nominated by customers and partners of the store. But £3,000 has been made available this month because Waitrose saved money by not spending on a big Christmas advertising campaign.

Rushden Night Shelter received £840, Northamptonshire Young Carers was given £1,710 and Accommodation Concern received £450.

Mark Lees, pastor at the Rushden Full Gospel Church which runs Rushden Night Shelter, said: “We are very grateful for the donation. It will help us to keep our heads above water and keep going. We have been overwhelmed by the response from the local community recently – we’ve had so many donations.”

Mandy Keyes from Waitrose said: “Community Matters is an initiative to enable branches to support local communities.

“As well as donating extra money this year we have also invited animal charity NANNA, The Daylight Centre Fellowship in Wellingborough and Rushden Night Shelter to have a food bank at the branch. This has allowed customers to give some food items to the organisations after they shopped. They were all overwhelmed by the generosity of the our customers.”