Customers shopping at Waitrose in Bath have helped Bath Hospital Radio to benefit from a £405 donation from the supermarket.
And those shopping in Sainsbury’s on one Saturday in May donated a further £118 when volunteers from Bath Hospital Radio spent the day collecting donations from those visiting the supermarket at Green Park, Bath.
During March 2014 customers visiting Waitrose were invited to place a token in the Community Matters box at the Bath branch – they had the option to choose from three local charities.
“We were delighted that of the three charities chosen that month, Bath Hospital Radio attracted the most tokens from customers,” said Ian Martin, chairman of Bath Hospital Broadcasts Society, the charity responsible for running the station.
It meant that the charity received the largest portion of the £1,000 available that month from Waitrose. Since its launch in 2008 Waitrose’s Community Matters scheme has donated £14 million to local charities across the UK chosen by their customers.
“In addition to the donation from Waitrose, we were delighted that Sainsburys customers dug deep into their pockets to support the radio station – all the money raised will contribute towards the ongoing running costs of the radio station which provides a valuable service to tens of thousands of patients at the Royal United Hospital and the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases,” added Clare Reddaway, secretary of Bath Hospital Broadcasts Society.