Our Community

Community sits at the very heart of Westmorland. We want to invest in our communities for future generations. We look to work with organisations and projects that are geographically local to us and our colleagues’ communities, focusing our efforts on supporting young people with an emphasis on food and enterprise.

Over the last 46 years we have been able to support local organisations and projects through our community partnerships, foyer and till collections, our Community Fund and our 5p bag charge.

Every penny you drop into our collection boxes makes a huge difference to the lives of those in our communities, enabling us to continue to support the vital work of our partners.

This could not be done without the generosity of you, our customers and the hard work of our colleagues. Thank you for your ongoing support.

PARTNERSHIPS

Every five years, we choose a long-term charity partner. This means we can really make a difference. July 2017 marked the end of our 5 year partnership with the Lake District Calvert Trust.

Through collection boxes and fundraising efforts, we have raised over £46,000.

For our next 5 year project, we have partnered with the Soil Association to fund four local primary schools taking part in the Food for Life School Award programme. The project links to the curriculum and encourages a better understanding of growing, cooking and learning to love good food - helping to make a positive ongoing contribution to the children’s health and well-being.

We will be supporting Orton Primary School, Kirkby Stephen Primary School, Crosby Ravensworth Primary School and Beaconside Primary School.

Previous partnerships:

2011 - end of 5 year partnership with Eden Valley Hospice raising over £60,000

2017 - end of 5 year partnership with The Lake District Calvert Trust raising over £46,000

FOYER COLLECTIONS

We’re proud to support our local Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team, a group of around 30 volunteers, providing a vital service here in rural Cumbria. The team is on call round the clock to deal with emergencies referred through Cumbria’s emergency services. The team is funded entirely by public donation. The money they have raised at Tebay Services, over £15,000 last year, contributes around 40% of the amount needed to cover their basic running costs.

For many years we've supported the Tebay branch of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, with volunteers collecting around £14,000 each year. The branch has collected an amazing £149,600 since 1980.

THE WESTMORLAND COMMUNITY FUND

We work closely with Cumbria Community Foundation who have managed grant making from our community fund since 2010. Together we have set out a 10 year vision to enable positive change to colleague communities in Cumbria with the intention of creating a lasting legacy.

Priorities for the Westmorland Community Fund are to support young people who will benefit from good schools and supportive communities. The fund will also support smaller, local community grants including village halls, play groups and community events.

5p BAG CHARGE

When the government introduced new legislation on reducing plastic bag usage across the country, we introduced a 5p bag charge across all our businesses. Our bags were already reusable, but we were keen to support the environmental benefits that reducing plastic waste encourages. We have been able to support a wide variety of local organisations and projects with the money raised.