Co-op gives cash boost to community causes

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A charity which helps the homeless and vulnerable, two schools and a group that keeps its village looking its best have had a festive funding boost from the Co-op.

Lincolnshire Co-op members raised £37,027 in the past three months to be distributed to more than 70 groups .

In Boston, Centrepoint Outreach will get £542.13 to go toweards food, drink and supplies for the drop in centre, which supports the homeless and vulnerable.

Donington in Bloom will get £341.23 for plants and equipment to make the village ‘prosperous and proud’ while Wrangle and Staniland primary schools will also receive cash.

Wrangle will get £435.28 to develop its sensory garden and refurbish the pool while Staniland plans to use its £361.60 on road safety and markings for the playground.

The Community Champions scheme sees each of the society’s 234,000 members linked to a good cause close to where they live.

Every time a member uses their dividend card in any Lincolnshire Co-op outlets where points are issued, a donation from the Community Champions pot goes towards their local good cause.

Member engagement manager Richard Whittaker said: “Our members always raise an impressive amount of money for good causes local to them.

“It’s great to see people supporting community projects just by shopping with Lincolnshire Co-op and the Community Champions have really been encouraging their supporters and local members to help raise funds.”

Community Champions are picked by Lincolnshire Co-op’s nine members’ groups. Groups and organisations who are eligible and in need of a cash injection can pick up a form in store or download one at www.lincolnshire.coop/communitychampions.

As of December 7 the next round of champions have taken over in stores and begun raising money for a new batch of local groups.