Community Champions share a ‘healthy’ £48K


Local health groups are celebrating after sharing in more than £48,877 raised by members of Lincolnshire Co-op simply doing their shopping in the last three months.

n the Skegness area, Skegness Hospital Watch received £827.52 to be spent on heart monitoring equipment for the use of local people to save them having to travel to hospitals out of their locality,

The Skegness branch of Guide Dogs for the Blind Association had £244.26 donated where money will be spent breeding, training and supporting guide dogs throughout their working lives.

The Community Champions scheme sees every one of the Society’s 230,000 members linked to a good cause close to where they live.

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

The groups change every three months so lots of organisations can benefit.

The good causes helped this time all had a health related theme from LIVES First Responders to guide dogs, asthma swimming groups and stroke clubs.

Groups wanting to sign up to be part of the scheme can get an application form by picking one up in store or download one from

Lincolnshire Co-op’s Member Engagement Manager Richard Whittaker said: “Once again, our members have raised a fantastic total for good causes in their area just by doing their everyday shopping.

“This time we wanted to focus our efforts on supporting local health causes and I know this money will go towards really worthwhile projects that make a big difference in our communities,” he said.

The next set of Community Champions have now taken over and shoppers can check the bottom of their till receipt to see who they’re supporting or look for displays in store.

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.