Lincolnshire Co-op members raise £108,000 for local causes

Funds were raised through the Community Champions divi card scheme, carrier bag charge and Halloween fundraising

Members of Lincolnshire Co-op have clubbed together to raise £108,000 for local community groups through its Community Champions scheme.

More than 147,000 members helped raise the total by shopping with their dividend card, with funds going to 167 groups, ranging from scouts and sports clubs to health networks.

Senior community and education co-ordinator Ben James said: “We’re delighted to have raised such a brilliant amount for these community groups.

“They each have a huge impact on the areas around them, whether they’re Rainbow or Scouts clubs, sports groups or dementia support networks, and this money will help them continue making a difference to people’s lives.

“We can’t wait to see how this money benefits them all.”

A donation was made through the Community Champions scheme every time a member shopped in a Lincolnshire Co-op outlet in September, October and November. Proceeds from the carrier bag charge and colleagues’ Halloween fundraising also went into the pot.

The total is divided up between the groups, according to how much has been raised locally.

For example, Skellingthorpe Community Centre is receiving £1,023 raised by Lincolnshire Co-op’s Skellingthorpe Food Store, Pharmacy and Post Office.

And East Lindsey Heart Support Group, East Lindsey Domestic Abuse Service and Lincs Wolds Riding for the Disabled Association have £2,025 which is being split between them. It’s come from Lincolnshire Co-op’s Newbridge Hill Food Store, Louth Travel branch, Louth Pharmacy and Louth Funeral Home.

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