From young footballers to elderly friends, members of Lincolnshire Co-op have raised an enormous £43,065 for more than 80 local good causes in the past three months.
The Community Champions scheme sees every one of the Society’s 240,000 members linked 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.
In south Lincolnshire, the recipients are: Crowland Over 60s Group £384.67; Gosberton Good Companions £347.34; Holbeach Cemetery Chapels £629.66; Long Sutton Ladies Cricket Team £1,859.06; Spalding United Youth Football Club £708.11.
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 access at www.lincolnshire.coop/communitychampions” www.lincolnshire.coop/communitychampions
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