Local groups are crowed ‘Community Champions’

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Members of Lincolnshire Co-op have raised an enormous £57,190 for more than 80 good causes in our county in the past three months.

The ‘Community Champions’ scheme sees every one of the Society’s 250,000 members linked to a good cause close to where they live. Every time they use their Dividend Card, a donation from the Community Champions pot goes towards their local good cause.

The 4th Louth Scout Group received £1,106.55 through the scheme, while the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution in Holton le Clay was awarded £392.38.

Meanwhile, the Alford Help Fund and Alford Corn Exchange received £528.85.

The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance also received a donation of £217.05.

All of the money was raised between September and December.

The total awarded to local groups has been boosted by proceeds from the sale of single-use plastic carrier bags since October 5.

Lincolnshire Co-op’s Member Engagement Manager Richard Whittaker said: “This is a fantastic total for a great number of local groups and we hope it will help them with their many projects and events.

“Once again we say a big thank you to our members for continuing to shop and raise funds for groups in their communities – it wouldn’t work without them!”

Members of local organisations who need money towards a project can apply for the next round of funding. An application form is available to pick up in store, or visit www.lincolnshire.coop/communitychampions.

Stores have now begun raising money for a different set of local groups - look out for displays in store or check your receipts.