Voting begins for community cash award

THREE worthwhile local organisations are a step closer to winning £500 funding, thanks to Stalbridge superstore Dike & Son.
The family-owned store invited nominations from charities, organisations or individuals doing their bit for the local community. The first three to be chosen are St Gregory’s School in Marnhull, Sturminster Newton Amateur Boxing Club and Templecombe Station Volunteers. Each of them has earmarked the money for a specific purpose: the school pool at St Gregory’s, tree and hedging work at the station, and a new water fountain for the boxing club.
Now the public has to choose which of these will scoop the £500 pot by voting online at the Dike & Son website, welovedorsetfood.co.uk, where each of them has put their case for winning.
The money has been raised through the independent store’s participation in the NISA Making a Difference Locally campaign. When customers buy specially-marked products in-store, the manufacturer donates a small sum to the funding pot.
It may only be pennies, but it soon adds up. Dike & Son has been able to give charities such as Julia’s House and Riding for the Disabled cheques totalling almost £5,000 and is this year supporting Future Roots, a farm-based learning project near Sherborne.
Store Manager Adam Vincent said they had been overwhelmed with nominations. “It is up to the individual projects to encourage as many friends, families and colleagues to get online and vote for their chosen good cause,” he said.
The voting ends at midnight on the 4th September and three new good causes will be chosen straight away. “This way, we will be supporting four extra local initiatives a year, in addition to Future Roots,” Adam explained.
Managing Director Andy Dike made an extra handout of £200 from the MADL fund recently to Ben Tickner, age 5, from Stalbridge, who has cerebral palsy. Ben needs intensive physiotherapy and his parents are raising money to help with the cost of the treatment by asking people to save their aluminium cans for recycling in specially marked blue bins around the village.
Dike & Son recently won the Nisa 2011 Awards for Excellence – Making a Difference Locally in recognition of its vigorous fund-raising.


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Pictured with Ben are his brother Jack, age 7, store manager Adam Vincent, Andy Dike (seated), Ben's father Ray and Reverend William Ridding, Rector of St Mary's Church Stalbridge. For more information email bentreatmentfund@btinternet.com

Contact Victoria McManus, Dike & Son marketing on 07968 454904 or Adam Vincent, Dike & Son Store Manager on 01963 362204 for more information or visit http://www.welovedorsetfood.co.uk
For information on MADL visit www.makingadifferencelocally.com


Notes:
The MADL charity was formed in May 2008 by Nisa-Today’s, with the intention of assisting more than 2,000 independent retailers throughout the UK with raising money for their local communities. The charity works by allocating a specified amount of the cost of certain products promoted in-store to the retailer’s MADL charity fund.
Nisa-Today’s is the UK's leading member-owned organisation, providing benefits to independent retailers and wholesalers in food and drink markets.