June 16, 2014 1.59 pm This story is over 90 months old

Lincolnshire Co-op raises £8K for Lincoln health groups

More raised: Lincolnshire Co-op has raised over £8k for chosen health groups in Lincoln, with the help of shoppers.

Local health groups in Lincoln have benefited from £8,205 raised as part of the Lincolnshire Co-op’s Community Champions scheme.

The scheme works by the customers doing their shopping, and every time they use their dividend card in any Lincolnshire Co-op outlet, a donation from the Community Champions goes towards local health causes around Lincoln such as LIVES, Lincoln and Lindsey Blind Society and the Lincoln and District Stroke Club.

The local health groups are rotated every three months so many organisations can benefit.

Through the scheme groups such as LIVES have received donations over £1K which they are using to purchase a Rapid Response Medic Car, to be used at night when the Air Ambulance isn’t flying, plus new training equipment.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association will spend their share of funds raised on breeding, training and supporting guide dogs throughout their working lives.

The Lincoln and Lindsey Blind Society intend to invest funds raised into further fund-raising while the Lincoln and District Stroke Club have been able to spend money raised on social activities for club members such as raffle prizes and entertainment.

This set of Champions were health themed, and already a new set of Champions have been chosen

Shoppers can check the bottom of their till receipt to see who they will be supporting this time.

The scheme raised around £48,877 for the whole of Lincolnshire.

Lincolnshire Co-op’s Member Engagement Manager Richard Whittaker said “Once again, our members have raised a fantastic total for good causes in their area just by doing their everyday shopping.

“This time we wanted to focus our efforts on supporting local health causes and I know this money will go towards really worthwhile projects that make a big difference in our communities.”

If groups want to sign up and be part of the scheme, they can pick up an application form in store or visit the Community Champions page.

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