Youth clubs, schools, scouts and sports groups in Lincoln are among 80 good causes across Lincolnshire to benefit from a share of £43,065, raised by Lincolnshire Co-op members.
The money was raised over the last three months as part of the co-op’s Community Champions scheme.
The scheme sees every one of the society’s 240,000 members liked to a good cause close to where they live.
Every time they use their dividend card in any Lincolnshire Co-op outlets where dividend is issued, a donation from the Community Champions pot goes towards their local good cause.
The Community Champions for the period from June to September will now be awarded a cheque or vouchers for the total amount raised by shoppers in their area.
Altogether in the Lincoln area, some £14,191.77 will go to 23 causes including the 12th Lincoln Scout Group, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Lincoln Fight Factory Wrestling and Hykeham Tigers FC.
Member Engagement Manager Richard Whittaker said: “We’re very impressed that our members have managed to raise so much money for good causes in their local areas.
“Community Champions is great because it means local people can see the difference that shopping with us makes in their own communities.
“The champions change four times a year so we have the chance to support lots of different groups – if any groups out there need help with a project we’d like to encourage them to apply to be a Community Champion.”
Now this set of Community Champions’ three months is up, new champions have taken up the baton and stores have begun raising money for different local groups. Customers can look for displays in store or check the bottom of their till receipt to see who they’re supporting now.
Lincolnshire Co-op is encouraging members of local groups and organisations who need money to put towards a project to apply to become a Community Champion. An application form is available to pick up in store or accessed online.