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Donation from John Lewis Community Fund

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The John Lewis Community Matters Fund has made a very generous donation of £750 to Teignmouth Coastwatch, which will help to fund our new lookout.

Our thanks to John Lewis, the staff of Exeter branch and the customers who voted for us with their green tokens.

The cheque was collected on Monday 22nd by watchkeepers Isobel Brooks (our Rota Officer) and  Vida Bamforth (who is also a John Lewis partner).

From left to right in the photo - Isobel Brooks, Sophie O'Connor (JLP) and Vida Bamforth

A spokesman for John Lewis said:

Community Matters allows John Lewis customers to be directly involved in deciding how much each good cause receives, via a token voting system by the front entrance. At the end of each round of voting, John Lewis splits a £3,000 donation according to the proportion of the customer vote they received.

The organisations to receive support from John Lewis Exeter are Teignmouth Coastwatch, Hospiscare and Merry Go Round Toy Library.  Community Matters allows charities to receive support as financial support, volunteering time from John Lewis Partners (staff), or products from its shops.

Hospiscare gained the majority of the vote with 58%, and received a donation from John Lewis of £1740. John Arnold from Hospiscare said: “With this money will plan to replace our crockery, cutlery and glassware in the ward at the hospice on Dryden Road in Exeter”

Teignmouth Coastwatch received a donation of £750 after gaining 25% of the vote. With John Lewis' support the charity hope to rebuild the watchtower in Teignmouth.  Vida Bamforth who is a volunteer and also a Partner (staff) at John Lewis said, 'Everyone is thrilled with the amount, this will help with reaching our target for rebuilding.'

With the remaining 17% of the vote, Merry Go Round Toy Library will use John Lewis' donation of £510 to buy new  toys for the library.  Pat Cusa from the charity said, 'This money will help to replace some of the older toys and mean we can provide more variety for the children.'

News Letter 2013


PLANS APPROVED BY TEIGNBRIDGE COUNCIL. Now the really hard work starts! A sub-committee is to be formed to deal with day-to-day issues of building, fundraising and publicity.

We urgently need NOW all the varied skills that our membership has to offer. Please speak with a member of the committee if you can help in any way.

Cover for May 96%. 7 solo watches.

Excellent letter to our local MP from the Harbour Master Cmdr Vaughan in support of our bid for QAVS status. Watch this space for news.

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