The Midcounties Co-operative donates over £7,900 to Swindon community groups

(L-R): Di Bateman, The Midcounties Co-operative, Mandy Larcombe, South Marston Youth Club, Ruth FitzJohn, The Midcounties Co-operative, Julie Hatherhall, South Marston Youth Club and Sean Varney, The Midcounties Co-operative

L to r: Di Bateman, The Midcounties Co-operative; Mandy Larcombe, South Marston Youth Club; Ruth FitzJohn, The Midcounties Co-operative; Julie Hatherhall, South Marston Youth Club and Sean Varney, The Midcounties Co-operative

Community groups in Swindon received a welcome boost after grants totalling £7,930 were awarded by The Midcounties Co-operative from the Society’s Community Fund.

Seven local good causes were each presented with a donation of up to £2,000 by Ruth FitzJohn, President of The Midcounties Co-operative. Among the Swindon organisations benefitting from a grant is the South Marston Youth Club, which will use the funds to purchase new gaming equipment.

The Swindon Downs Syndrome Group also received a donation, which it will be using to run a 12-week drama group, finishing with a performance that will be attended by Ruth FitzJohn.

The donations are part of the Society’s on-going commitment to give back to the local communities in which it trades, and this round of presentations has seen £84,824 donated to recipients in The Midcounties Co-operative’s trading areas.

Local groups and charities in Swindon are being urged to apply for the next round of the Community Fund to support their activity, which is open for applications until Friday 13th February 2015.

Tarra Simmons, deputy group general manager for Co-operative Social Responsibility at The Midcounties Co-operative, said: “Community groups and charities provide essential education, support and social activities for the local area, and we are proud to provide these Swindon organisations with funds to support their work.

“Our co-operative values mean we are committed to helping to build sustainable communities, and we are urging local groups to apply for the next round of funding before it’s too late.”

* A new defibrillator has been installed in The Midcounties Co-operative Food store in Newent, with members of the local community invited to come along to the local library and learn how to use the life-saving apparatus.