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More than 80 groups share £34,000 Co-op Christmas windfall

By CJHall_LE  |  Posted: December 11, 2013

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A £34,000 Co-op Christmas windfall is being shared by more than 80 local groups today.

They are the recipients of the festive gift of £33,956 - thanks to members of Lincolnshire Co-op using their dividend card when they spend.

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.

All the society’s 228,000 members are now 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 outlet where points are issued, a donation from the Community Champions pot has gone towards their local good cause.

"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," said Lincolnshire Co-operative member engagement manager Richard Whittaker.

"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.”

Groups celebrating Christmas include:

• £326 for Branston and Washingborough LIVES group to buy equipment including defibrillators, thermometers, pulse oximetres and oxygen bags.

• £602 for William Bailey House Social Club in Collingham, to help with the cost of outings, activities and amenities for members.

• £793 for the Nettleham Woodland Trust to buy grass and wildflower seeds and a petrol driven strimmer.

• £529 for West Rasen Village Hall and Heritage Centre to go towards the cost of painting the outside of the building.

• £840 for Ruskington Bowls Club to purchase equipment for disabled users, young people and the wider community.

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