Lincolnshire Co-op marks new store opening with donations to local causes

The new food store and pharmacy has created 15 new jobs

To celebrate the opening of a new food store and pharmacy on Newark Road, Lincolnshire Co-op has handed to more than £1,000 to good causes in Lincoln.

The food store, which has created 15 new jobs, includes an in-store bakery, takeaway hot food and Costa Coffee, meal options, goods from the society’s Love Local range and chilled beers and wines.

It was officially opened on 25 March, when society president Steve Hughes, chief executive Ursula Lidbetter and the store team, were joined by local councillors and charity representatives.

Causes to benefit include North Hykeham War Memorial Hall and Playing Field Trust, which was presented with £500 towards internal improvements at the community facility.

Another £500 was given to the Dementia Hub, a drop-in session at One NK sports centre, held from 10am till noon on the first Tuesday of each month to help people living with dementia and their carers. It offers fun activities, such as New Age Kurling and seed planting seed, and the donation will support six months of activities.

“It’s wonderful as it means we will be able to buy new games, like Giant Jenga, and more arts and crafts materials,” said Bev Dawson from the Hub. “It really will make a difference.”

The society also donated £100 to one of its current community champions, Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance.