Big donations given to community groups
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.