Lincolnshire Co-op shares gifts for Christmas

Bob Wayne (far right) of Horncastle's Community Larder with representatives from other food banks in the area.

Bob Wayne (far right) of Horncastle's Community Larder with representatives from other food banks in the area.

Lincolnshire Co-operative will be sharing a Christmas gift of £33,956 between more than 80 good causes in the county thanks to its dividend scheme.

More than £2,500 has been handed out to groups in the East Lincolnshire area including primary schools, sports teams and youth development groups.

The groups have had a three-month stint as Community Champions.

Woodhall Spa Cricket Club was awarded the highest amount of any group in this area and was given £743.10.

Coningsby Football Club were the second sports team to be given a sum of money as the club was given 644.62.

Hemingby Village Hall was awarded £519.23 and Bardney Youth Development was given £264.45.

Two schools in Tattershall also benefitted from the scheme as the Primary School and Holy Trinity Primary School were each awarded £216.17.

Between September and December, every time a shopper has used their dividend card a donation from the Community Champions pot has gone towards their local good cause.

If your group would like to sign up to be part of the scheme you can pick up an application pack in store or visit www.lincolnshire.coop/communitychampions.

Member Engagement Manager Richard Whittaker said: “We’re delighted that our members are continuing to help us raise thousands of pounds for local good causes and we know this will be a welcome boost for many groups just before Christmas.

“Our champions change every three months so we have the chance to support lots of groups throughout the year.”

Lincolnshire Co-operative have also donated £4,500 to food banks in Lincolnshire and Newark in the build-up to Christmas.

Horncastle’s Community Larder received 418 products in a package of goods worth £250.

The pack contains products including milk, pasta sauce and porridge oats.

Supply Chain Manager Nicola Berry said: “We’re really pleased to be able to support people in our communities and we know that our donation will help the food banks to provide for many people in need over the festive period.”




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