Co-op cash bound for Crowland, Gosberton, Long Sutton, Spalding, Sutton Bridge and Whaplode

Westmere School, Sutton Bridge, pupils with their school pet Edison
Westmere School, Sutton Bridge, pupils with their school pet Edison
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Six local organisations have benefited from Lincolnshire Co-op’s Community Champions scheme.

In the scheme, every time one of the 254,000 members shops at the Co-op using their dividend card, a donation goes to a nominated local charity or community group in their area.

In the last three months, from December 15, members have raised £12,588.11 for south Lincolnshire projects.

Crowland Town Bowling Club has received £887.47 for two new benches, Gosberton and District Community Action team has been given £672.03 towards improving its new park play equipment and hosting community events. and the funds of Lincolnshire Parent Carer Forum in Wygate Park have been boosted by £1,179.56 to pay for an event for parents and carers of children with disabilities/additional needs.

Long Sutton Outreach has received £3,232.72 for its drop-in for carers, some £1,185.48 has been given to Westmere Primary School in Sutton Bridge for its performing arts project with The Young Americans and Whaplode Village Hall has been donated £1,352.26 for the electrical insulation cost of a defibrillator and an upgrade to some of the seating.

Over the next three months, members will be raising funds for Rethink Mental Illness and Headway.

Rethink is a provider of mental health services and is a voice for people affected by severe mental illness.

Headway is a registered charity that provides advice and support to people affected by brain injury, their families and carers.

Helen Doyle, locality manager for Rethink Mental Illness, Lincolnshire, said: “Mental illness is an issue which touches one in four of us in this country every year. Every donation will help us provide information, advice, local support and services to people affected by mental illness, as well as to carers and family members.”

The money raised for Headway will go towards volunteers, support groups, befriending, information, social activities for members and education and training courses for brain injury survivors and their families.

Trustee Dr Gemma Elliott said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to raise funds and promote the valuable support which is offered to brain injury survivors and their carers across the area.”