Co-op raises £63k for community champions

Lincolnshire Co-operative’s Community Champions scheme has raised £63,797 for more than 80 local good causes in the past three months.

Between June and September, every time members used their dividend card in any Co-op outlets, a donation from the Community Champions pot has gone towards their local good cause.

The Community Champions will now be awarded a cheque or some vouchers for the total amount raised by shoppers in their area, which they can put towards their projects.

In the Lincoln area, the Community Larder will receive £234 and the ADHD Support Group will get a £492 cheque.

Members also raised £902 for the Cherry Willingham Children’s Centre, which will be spent on developing an outside storytelling area in the garden underneath the cherry tree.

Now this set of Community Champion’s three months is up, new champions take over and members have begun raising money for different local groups.

Shoppers can check the bottom of their till receipt from Tuesday, September 17, to see who they’re supporting now or look for displays in store.

Lincolnshire Co-op Membership and Community Manager Sam Turner said: “We’re thrilled that our members have managed to raise such an impressive total for so many good causes in their local areas.

“We’ve also been delighted to see banners going up and our Community Champions really rallying their supporters to help raise funds just by doing their shopping.

“Our champions change every three months so we have the chance to support lots of groups throughout the year – if any organisations need help with a project we’d really encourage them to apply to be a Community Champion.”

Community groups can apply to join the scheme via an application form which they can pick up in store or on the Co-op website.