Branches Melksham Calne & Chippenham News
Waitrose presents 'Token of Appreciation' to canal campaign
Saturday, 08 December 2012 18:42

Melksham shoppers have been thanked for supporting a fundraising appeal organised by a local store.

Kath Hatton receiving cheque from Samantha Parsons and Tom WarburtonThe Wilts & Berks Canal Trust was one of the beneficiaries of the Waitrose Community Matters scheme.
Shoppers receive a token at the checkout and then choose which of three charities they want to support.
The Canal Trust received £248 from a recent collection, which will be used to fund local workparties restoring the waterway.

The cheque was presented to Kath Hatton of the Melksham, Chippenham & Calne branch by Waitrose branch manager Tom Warburton and Community Matters co-ordinator Samantha Parsons alongside the River Avon near Melksham Adventure Centre.
The charity hopes narrowboats from the Kennet & Avon Canal will use the river to pass through the town centre, using a lockgate by the weir, before exiting by the adventure centre to rejoin the historic line north of the town.

Kath said: "We are sincerely grateful for this generous donation from Waitrose and its customers, which will fund our workparties already bringing the waterway back to life in the local countryside.  With plans now submitted for the restoration of the canal through Melksham, we hope it won't be long before the river is transformed.  We we would like to see moorings above and below the town bridge, as well as a towpath and cycleway, together with new wildlife habitats including reed beds.  Rather than turning our back on the river, it would become an important amenity for the benefit of the whole community."

Tom said: "Each month we donate £1,000 between three local good causes chosen by our customers.  They receive a green token at the checkout which they can place in the box of the good cause they'd most like to support – the more tokens a cause gets, the bigger donation they receive.  We hope the money given to the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust will help the restoration campaign and we look forward to the day when narrowboats might be mooring near our store."