Co-op community fund awards £31,000 cash boost to 22 groups to ensure vital work continues to help those in need
Central England Co-op has shared out £31,000 between 22 good causes to ensure they can continue their vital community work during the Coronavirus outbreak.
A wide range of charities and community organisations were delighted to receive the funding boost during these uncertain times, with a total of £31,000 handed out to 22 groups across 16 counties from the retailer’s Community Dividend Fund.
The money will now be spent by charities and organisations to ensure that events, activities and support that otherwise might have been postponed or cancelled can still go ahead and provide a vital boost to the local community.
Organisations in the following areas have benefitted from a grant: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottingham, Northants, Burton, Lichfield, Rugeley, Yorkshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Below are examples of some of the projects supported:
- Nene Valley Care Trust, in Peterborough, will use £500 to buy vital computer equipment to allow them to work remotely
- A total of £1,000 will be handed to Treetops Hospice, in Risley, Derbyshire, to pay for the creation of care packs for patients and their families which are made up of magazines, puzzle books, toiletries and cakes
- Nelson’s Journey, based in Norwich, supports children and young people who have experienced the death of a special person in their life. It will use £1,876 to pay for special books to be produced and sent out to youngsters as part of work to help them deal with grief
- Lichfield-based Foresters Scout Group has been handed £2,500 to buy tents for youngsters to use when they are allowed to meet up together again
- Kirkwood Hospice, in Huddersfield, will spend £2,400 on two pressure relieving mattresses to support terminally ill people with reduced mobility issues
Debbie Robinson, Central England Co-op Chief Executive, said: “Now more than ever being a co-operative business that sits at the heart of our communities is so important.
“We are delighted that these great projects and good causes have been handed a grant that will allow them to continue their fantastic work in the community at this uncertain time.
“Community Dividend Fund grants like this showcase how by being a member and shopping at your local Central England Co-op store allows us as a Society to continue to invest and fund vital projects in the area.”
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Picture caption: Central England Co-op’s Community Dividend Fund has shared out £31,000 to good causes to help ease the impact of the Coronavirus.
About Central England Co-operative
Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK with interests in food, funeral, floral, travel and property investment.
Co-operatives have always been there for their communities; they were formed to protect them and help them flourish.
Our 7,900 colleagues who serve Members and customers work hard to ensure that co-operative values, principles and spirit flow through everything we do to help support and improve our local communities.
Owned by hundreds of thousands of Members, we have over 430 trading outlets across 16 counties including West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.
We are proud of our reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.
We invest a percentage of our trading profit into local communities through our Community Dividend Fund scheme, have donated over £1.3 million to our corporate charity partner Dementia UK and also operate a pioneering food redistribution partnership with FareShare Midlands so unsold food goes to those in need.
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