Char­i­ties’ Co-op cash boost

The Oban Times - - NEWS - EL­LIE FORBES eforbes@oban­

FIVE Lochaber Co- op stores have do­nated thou­sands of pounds to char­i­ties this month.

One per cent of what cus­tomers spend on own-brand prod­ucts and ser­vices goes to the Co- op Lo­cal Com­mu­nity Fund, which is used to sup­port com­mu­nity projects.

In Lochaber, around 15 char­i­ties re­ceived a cash boost.

Staff at stores in Bal­lachul­ish, Caol, Cor­pach, Kin­lochleven and Mal­laig – and Co- op branches on Skye – have been cel­e­brat­ing the pay- outs.

In Caol, man­ager Neil Ma­cleod told the Lochaber Times the to­tal raised was £ 5,102. Care Lochaber re­ceived £1,693, Lochaber Hope £1,727 and Lochaber Ac­tion on Dis­abil­ity £1,682. Kin­lochleven char­i­ties also ben­e­fited from the scheme. Loch Leven com­mu­nity minibus was awarded £ 812, Kin­lochlovin’ re­ceived £ 889 and the Loch Leven sports cen­tre was given £ 823.

The Co- op in Cor­pach held a cel­e­bra­tion day on April 19 where the Star for Har­ris char­ity was given £ 892, Lochaber Ru­ral Com­plex re­ceived £ 825, and £933 was awarded to Lochaber Mountain Rescue.

In Bal­lachul­ish, £4,095 was raised by the project. The money was split be­tween Bal­lachul­ish Sports and Play­park As­so­ci­a­tion, which was awarded £1,395, the 4th Lochaber Scouts group re­ceived £1,365, and Bal­lachul­ish Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion was given £1,335.

Store man­ager Neil Cameron said: ‘The Co- op giv­ing money to more than 15 char­ity groups in Lochaber is a mas­sive boost to these groups and will help other groups re­alise there is a chance to get help.’

Mal­laig Co- op made three pay­ments af­ter rais­ing £6,540. Mal­laig Pool and Leisure was given £2,312, Mal­laig and Mo­rar Com­mu­nity Cen­tre re­ceived £2,120, and £2,108 was given to Mal­laig Her­itage Cen­tre.

Staff at the Wood­park Road, Portree, branch were also cel­e­brat­ing. Three char­i­ties have ben­e­fited from the ef­forts of Skye and Lochaber’s lo­cal branches.

Over the past six months, £41,694 was raised.

Skye and Lochalsh As­so­ci­a­tion for Dis­abil­ity was awarded £13,396, Skye and Lochalsh Com­mu­nity Care Fo­rum re­ceived £14,163, while the Skye and Lochalsh branch of Cross­roads Care ben­e­fited to the tune of £14,135.

Team mem­ber Yvonne Ross said: ‘ We’ve only just started the ini­tia­tive and the Co- op has raised more than £9 mil­lion na­tion­wide for char­ity.

‘ We’re de­lighted three worthy causes in our com­mu­nity will share more than £41,000.’

The next phase of fund­ing has started and cus­tomers can chose which char­ity to do­nate their one per cent to now.

Top from left: Co- op staff at the Wood­park Road, Portree, branch had good cause for cel­e­bra­tion. Pho­to­graph: Sara Bain; Brian O’Rourke from the Mal­laig Pool and Leisure, and Co- op staff mem­ber Zan­der Mathe­son. Sec­ond line, from left: Mau­reen Mac­don­ald, Sharon Wells, store man­ager Cor­pach, Tanya and Alan Ross (Star for Har­ris), Terry Con­field (Lochaber Mountain Rescue) and Moira Mitchell (Ru­ral Com­plex); Care Lochaber re­ceived £1,693 from the team at Cor­pach Co- op. Third line from left: Loch Leven com­mu­nity minibus cel­e­brates re­ceiv­ing £812; ben­e­fi­cia­ries at the Caol Co- op re­ceiv­ing their fund­ing. Be­low from left: rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the three char­i­ties which re­ceived fund­ing from the Bal­lachul­ish Co- op; Mem­bers of the var­i­ous groups to be awarded fund­ing in Kin­lochleven.

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