Charities and groups in Rochester can apply for their share of £3,000 as part of Selco Builders Warehouse opening a new branch in the town.

Selco, one of the UK’s leading builders' merchants will bring a £3,000 boost for Rochester charities and community groups when it opens a new branch in the area next month.

Selco Builders Warehouse will open the doors to its 72nd UK branch on on Medway City Estate on 6 December, creating an economic boost for the local area with 30 jobs being created.

To mark the new opening, Selco is also inviting charities or community groups from in and around Rochester to submit an application for its Selco Stars scheme for the chance to win £1,000.

Applicants are invited to explain in no more than 100 words how the money would benefit their organisation. Entries can be made at with the closing date of midnight on Thursday 2 December.

In addition to the one winner selected from the Selco Stars initiative, Selco will make a £2,000 donation to its charity partner Global’s Make Some Noise, which backs smaller organisations supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable community groups right across the UK.

Mat Brice, who will be Branch Manager at Selco Rochester, said: “We are excited to be opening another new branch in the south-east and our first in Kent.

“We are delighted to be creating jobs in and around Rochester and we are very much looking forward to celebrating the opening by offering a great opportunity to local charities and community groups through our Selco Stars scheme.

“So many organisations do such fantastic work in our community and we are fully aware it’s a very difficult period for all charities and groups who have had an extremely testing 18 months."