Lincolnshire Co-op shoppers have raised over £81,000 to help improve local nature reserves and fund educational activities for families.
As part of the Lincolnshire Co-op’s Community Champions scheme, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust were gifted funds raised during June and September.
A donation was made to the charities each time a Lincolnshire Co-op member shopped using their dividend card, amounting to a total of £81,636.
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust received £72,249, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust received £7,454 and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust received over £1,900.
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust was presented with its share at Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve in Skegness, with colleagues from Lincolnshire Co-op and members of the public in attendance to celebrate by the sea.
In Lincolnshire, the local trust runs reserves including Whisby Nature Park near Lincoln, Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve, Willow Tree Fen near Spalding, Far Ings National Nature Reserve near Barton-upon-Humber and Snipe Dales Country Park & Nature Reserve near Horncastle.
Besthorpe Nature Park near Newark is one of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s sites and Pearson Park Wildlife Garden in Hull and Burton Rigg Nature Reserve, near Scarborough, come under the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.
Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust Paul Learoyd said: “This is an incredibly generous donation to our work, we thank Lincolnshire Co-op and their members for their support.”
Outlets are currently raising money for local causes through the schme. Over 90 groups are being supported, including schools, scout groups and sports clubs between September and December.