Charities take share of Isle members’ cash

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Worthy causes in the county have benefited from £37,027 raised by membership of Lincolnshire Co-op, which has branches in Epworth and Crowle.

The Community Champions scheme sees each of the society’s 234,000 members linked to a good cause close to where they live.

Every time a member uses their dividend card in any Co-op in the county where points are issued, a donation from the Community Champions pot goes towards their local good cause.

Included in the list of 70 groups benefiting are LIVES that received £770.88 to go towards training first responders and purchasing important equipment, Lindsey Lodge Hospice received £349.07 towards the cost of providing high quality end of life care, and Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance £789.35 to keep this lifesaving service operating as it costs £1.8m to keep the helicopter flying.

Members’ engagement manager Richard Whittaker said: “Our members always raise an impressive amount of money for good causes local to them.

“It’s great to see people supporting community projects just by shopping with Lincolnshire Co-op and the Community Champions have really been encouraging their supporters and local members to help raise funds.”

Community Champions for the period from September to December can now look forward to being awarded a cheque or vouchers for the total amount raised by shoppers in their area.

“The champions change quarterly which means we’re able to support lots of different groups,” added Richard.

“If any groups out there are in need of help with a project, we’d encourage them to apply.”

Community Champions are picked by Lincolnshire Co-op’s nine members’ groups, made up of dividend card holders from across the area.

Local groups and organisations who are eligible and in need of a cash injection can pick up an application form in store or can download one by visiting www.lincolnshire.coop/communitychampions website.

Customers can check at the bottom of their till receipt to see who their new Community Champion is.