Co-op cus­tomers raise £40,000 for com­mu­nity

The Arran Banner - - News -

Two com­mu­nity groups on Ar­ran have re­ceived cheques to­talling more than £40,000 from the Coop.

Cus­tomers at the three Co-ops on the is­land have raised the money them­selves by buy­ing Co-op own brand prod­ucts which sees 1 per cent go to lo­cal causes.

The groups which have ben­e­fited are the Ar­ran Moun­tain Res­cue Team, who have re­ceived a splen­did £21,810.44, with Feis Arainn pick­ing up £19,881.10, which will put them on a solid fi­nan­cial foot­ing.

They re­ceived their cheques at a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion day held at the Big Co in Brod­ick last Satur­day where man­ager Liz McLean re­vealed that the shop is one of the top per­form­ing Co-ops in the coun­try in rais­ing cash for the com­mu­nity.

Liz said: ‘I know cus­tomers who have switched from brand names to Coop own brand prod­ucts so they can sup­port the com­mu­nity.

‘It is great that we can sup­port these groups in this way and we are de­lighted to hand over two such large cheques to these well de­serv­ing causes.’

Com­mu­nity mem­ber pi­o­neer Mark Har­wood said the Co-op was es­pe­cially pleased to sup­port the Feis, which can now fund the at­ten­dance of young peo­ple for years to come and pay for trans­port to com­pe­ti­tions on the main­land. The AMRT will use the funds to build cover for two more ve­hi­cles, which in turn will

Co-op man­ager Liz McLean takes a seat in the moun­tain res­cue ve­hi­cle as the team pose with the cheque. 01_B48­coop02

Cus­tomers snap up prize draw tick­ets. 01_B48­coop05

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