Big dona­tions given to com­mu­nity groups

Loughborough Echo - - NEWS - PETE WARRINGTON [email protected]­

CHRIST­MAS came early for dozens of causes in and around Lough­bor­ough this week, when the Co-op re­vealed a £150,000 fes­tive fund­ing boost.

The money will be shared by 31 or­gan­i­sa­tions, all of whom are mak­ing a real dif­fer­ence to com­mu­ni­ties through­out the re­gion and this lat­est batch of grants means the Co-op has in­vested over £300,000 in 101 groups in Lough­bor­ough since the mem­ber­ship scheme launched in Septem­ber 2016.

Co-op mem­bers, who re­ceive a five per cent re­ward for them­selves with a fur­ther one per cent go­ing to lo­cal causes when they buy own-brand prod­ucts, have a say in how the money is al­lo­cated, and are en­cour­aged to select the or­gan­i­sa­tions they wish to sup­port on­line.

Groups to re­ceive grants in this lat­est round of awards in­clude:

• £9,864.95 for East Leake Academy PTA fundrais­ing team

• £9,361.47 for Wymeswold Playgroup

• £7,419.36 for Birstall Playgroup for chil­dren with spe­cial needs

• £3,658.97 for Par­ents,

staff and friends of Keg­worth School

• £3,557.84 for Keg­worth Com­mu­nity Li­brary

• £3,474.69 for Bar­row Com­mu­nity Li­brary

• £3,394.39 for Bar­row Pre-School playgroup web­site project

• £3,392.95 for Girlguiding Soar Val­ley Dis­trict

• £2,526.39 for Keg­worth

Town Cricket Club.

• £2,110.71 for Cas­tle Don­ing­ton Cen­tre’s GrowCookShare project

• £2,005.88 for Friends of the School, St Ed­ward’s Cas­tle Don­ing­ton

• £1,945.92 for Or­chard Com­mu­nity Pri­mary School PTA.

Re­becca Birk­beck, Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­nity

En­gage­ment at the Co-op, said: “The fund is now sup­port­ing a wide va­ri­ety of lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions, from vil­lage halls and sup­port groups to ed­u­ca­tion providers and neigh­bour­hood watch schemes, all of which are help­ing to make Lough­bor­ough a bet­ter, hap­pier, and health­ier place to live.”

Re­becca Birk­beck, Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­nity En­gage­ment at the Co-op.

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