Skegness group’s £350 Co-op cash grant success

A COMMUNITY group in Skegness has received £350 from The Co-operative’s Community Fund.

Skegness Kingfisher will use the money to fund summer trips for the group, which aims to build friendships between middle aged and elderly people with mental and/or physical disabilities.

The Community Fund was created by members of The Co-operative Group, who elect to donate all or part of their twice-yearly dividend payments directly to the scheme.

The funds are then shared with local community projects and groups, such as Skegness Kingfisher, across the country.

Patricia Massey, from Skegness Kingfisher, said: “We are thrilled with the grant we have received from The Co-operative.

“The funds will help us to fund fun summer activities for our members and build new friendships in the process.”

Leigh Anderson, Co-operative Membership Officer for the Central and Eastern region, added: “Because our members own the business, they get a share in any of the profits we make. It’s a scheme we’re very proud of, not only because it gives us the chance to thank members for shopping with us, but because so many people choose to give something back to local communities.”

Co-operative members receive a payment twice a year based on the points they earn when they trade at any of the Group’s businesses, including The Co-operative Food, Travel, Pharmacy and Funeralcare, as well as The Co-operative Bank, Smile and The Co-operative Insurance.

“There is £54,000 available in this region, each year, from the Community Fund, and we welcome applications from local groups and projects for £100 to £2,000,” added Leigh.

Community Fund application forms are available online at www.co-operative.coop/communityfund or by phoning 0844 262 4001.

Awards are allocated by local Co-operative members’ committees, based on a set of values and principles such as social responsibility and caring for others.