Community Matters beneficiaries revealed by John Lewis Welwyn

PUBLISHED: 09:17 26 August 2012

Members of Welwyn Wheelers cycling club will benefit from John Lewis Welwyn's worthy causes scheme

Members of Welwyn Wheelers cycling club will benefit from John Lewis Welwyn's worthy causes scheme


BOSSES of Welwyn Garden City’s John Lewis store have revealed the first three organisations to receive support through its new Community Matters scheme.

Community Matters allows John Lewis customers to be directly involved in deciding how much each good cause receives, via a token voting system in the shop’s Place to Eat restaurant.

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.

Organisations to receive support were Special Olympics East Herts, Gosling-based cycling club Welwyn Wheelers and Hatfield Swimming Club.

Special Olympics East Herts gained the majority of the vote with 53 per cent and received a donation from John Lewis of £1,591.50.

The charity plans to use the money to put towards bicycles to create a weekly sustainable cycling provision in the community.

Welwyn Wheelers – the cycling club where double London 2012 Olympic champion Laura Trott started her career – received £747 after gaining 25 per cent of the vote.

John Lewis’ support will help ensure it will have well-maintained and sufficient equipment “to give everyone the opportunity to try and enjoy track cycling”.

With the remaining 22 per cent of the vote, Hatfield Swimming Club will use John Lewis’ donation of £661.50 towards pool time, training days and race entries.

Andrew Slater, managing director of John Lewis Welwyn, said: “Our customers are now familiar with Community Matters and the feedback has been great.

“People stop and take time to choose the charity they’d like to see John Lewis support.

“It is exciting for us to see how the vote has been split and for us to now make the donations to these very worthwhile community groups.”

Organisations which would like to be considered as part of Community Matters should visit John Lewis Welwyn to pick up a nomination form from the Community Matters collection box in the Place to Eat restaurant.

Community Matters allows charities to receive support as financial support, volunteering time from John Lewis Partners (staff), or products from its shops.

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