Over £3,000 for local groups in £34,000 Co-op Community Champions payout

Lincs Co-op.
Lincs Co-op.

More than 80 local good causes will share a Christmas gift of £33,956 thanks to members of Lincolnshire Co-op using their dividend card when they spend.

And over £3,000 of that cash will be winging its way to seven causes and organisations in the Standard’s catchment area.

Scout troops, churches, gymnastics clubs and cricketers are among the groups receiving a portion of the cash after their three-month stint as a Community Champion.

The Community Champions scheme sees every one of the Society’s 228,000 members linked to a good cause close to where they live.

Between September and December, every time they’ve used their dividend card in any Lincolnshire Co-op outlets where points are issued – a donation from the Community Champions pot has gone towards their local good cause.

The Community Champions can now put the money towards their projects.

It’s easy for groups to sign up to be part of the scheme. An application form is available to pick up in store or access at 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.

“At the moment we’re looking for health related groups or charities to sign up to be Community Champions from March to June 2014. It’s easy to apply just ask in your local store or go to www.lincolnhire.coop/communitychampions.”

Locally, £902.49 has been given to the Alford Memorial Park Trust, with a further £693.58 going to East Lindsey Heart Support Group.

Other local beneficiaries include Chapel St Leonards Village Hall (with £438.85 for a new cooker), the LIVES Wrangle & Old Leake Group (£344.73), the Royal British Legion’s Spilsby Branch (£359.31), Keith’s Rescue Dogs in Skegness (£160.93) and Burgh Town Football Club (£155.71).

Now this set of Community Champion’s three months is up, new champions take over and members have begun raising money for different local groups.

Shoppers can check the bottom of their till receipt from Tuesday, December 17 to see who they’re supporting now or look for The Community Champions are picked by Lincolnshire Co-op’s nine Members’ Groups, made up of dividend card holders from across the area.

As well as being one of around 320 Community Champions for local outlets each year, charities and community groups can join the central list. People can then choose to make them their Community Champion all year around.

At the end of the financial year, Lincolnshire Co-op will add up all the money raised for local groups on that list and pay out the total.

Groups can apply for either via an application form which they can pick up in store or access at www.lincolnshire.coop/communitychampions.