Brass Band hits right notes with Co-op’s cash

The Banovallum Brass Band perform at a concert at St Mary's Church EMN-151231-092453001
The Banovallum Brass Band perform at a concert at St Mary's Church EMN-151231-092453001

A kids’ club, cricketers and a Horncastle brass band are among the organisations to have benefitted from the Lincolnshire Co-op’s Community Champions scheme.

During the last three months of 2015, Co-op members raised more than £57,000 for good causes across the county.

The scheme sees every one of the Society’s 250,000 members linked to a worthy organisation close to where they live.

Every time they use their dividend card in a Co-op outlet, a donation from the Community Champions pot goes towards their local good cause.

The organisations celebrating include the 2nd Woodhall Spa Rainbows (£1,048.26), Banovallum Brass (£736.34), Bardney Cemetery Improvement Fund (£383.88), RAF Coningsby Kids Club (£1,069.13), Mareham Le Fen Hall (£1,069.13), Revesby Cricket Club (£522.46) and Wragby Players (£553.60).

The 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!”

○ Groups and organisations can apply to become a Community Champion.

An application form is available to pick up in store or can be accessed at www.lincolnshire.coop/communitychampions

Stores have now begun raising money for a different set of local groups, customers can look for

displays in store or check the bottom of their till receipt to see who they’re supporting.

The total awarded to local groups this time was boosted by proceeds from the sale of single-use

carrier bags since 5th October.