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Every three months John Lewis in Edinburgh chooses three local charities to get a share of £3000. John Lewis have four different themes in the Community Matters, old age, children, medical,heritage. Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway managed to make it into the Heritage section. There is usually a short list of 8 charities of which three are chosen by the Partners at John Lewis by voting online.

These three are then put out at the Place to eat and the customers vote for their favorite using green tokens they get when the purchase food. So in our event we came third, just behind the other charity, the split was £1600, £750, £650. This was the in branch voting, Edinburgh Community Matters charities chosen 24 September community poll. By Gary Lee, Local Editor, JL Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Partners have chosen the next three charities to be represented in the Community Matters green token scheme. The winners are Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway (20.1 per cent), Music in Hospitals (18.8 per cent) and the Grassmarket Community Project (15.4 per cent).

'Thank you to everyone who voted,' says Community Liaison Co-ordinator Judith Hunter. 'I’m really pleased that some of the shortlisted charities were nominated by Partners and welcome any suggestions for causes that Partners would like the branch to support.' 389 votes were cast via a Partner intranet poll and a voting box in the Partners’ Dining Room.

Each quarter, three local charities are given a share of a £3000 fund from the branch. The share of the total given to each charity is decided by customers in the Place to Eat. At the end of the quarter, the money is divided up between the charities based on the number of tokens in each bank.

Pictured above are Terry and David receiving the cheque from Judith Hunter, community liaison coordinator for John Lewis. This money is being used to reprint another supply of leaflets for distribution throughout the coming season.