STAFF and community members in Blacon are celebrating a donation in honour of the late fundraiser Joe Rose.
A cheque for £780 has been presented to the Blacon Community Trust (BCT) on behalf of John Lewis, Sealand Road.
The money was donated as part of the store’s charitable giving scheme, Community Matters.
The funds will be used to support Joe’s cafe, a meeting place for residents and staff at the BCT, in honour of Joe who passed away in September 2010.
Every three months, Community Matters enables John Lewis at home Chester to split £3,000 between three community groups.
Joe’s Cafe was one of the first three organisations to benefit.
BCT’s longstanding volunteer Etty Thompson, and Fran Milton from the Blacon Kids Community Club were invited to accept the cheque on behalf of the trust and Joe’s family.
BCT manager Vicki Devenport said: “Joe’s Cafe, is a relatively new addition at the Dee Point Centre and is actively used as a meeting place, self service cafe, where local residents and partners take the weight off their feet for a while and enjoy a tea or coffee break.
“It is a fitting testament to Joe Rose.
“Joe had championed and served the people of Blacon for more than five decades, improving the quality of life for every age group.
“We welcome this generous and important funding from John Lewis.”
Mark Blundell, branch manager at John Lewis at home Chester, said: “The first three causes we have chosen to support have been selected by John Lewis at home Chester partners.
“As our partners are members of the local community, it’s fantastic we can support causes that really matter to them and hope that as a business we can help make a difference within Chester and the North West.”
The Community Matters scheme is part of John Lewis’ ongoing commitment to supporting the community in which it trades.
The first organisations supported by John Lewis at home Chester offer a range of support for the local community.
Joe’s son, Malcolm Rose, was delighted with the donation.
He said: “My dad would have been very proud to have received the funds, to help maintain a meeting point for residents in his honour. Thank you.”
The Blacon Building Young People’s Potential (BYPP) independent school is currently one of John Lewis’ chosen charities for this year.