The Midcounties Co-operative donates over £19,000 to Oxfordshire community groups

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L-R): Steve Ridler, Deputy Chief Executive at The Midcounties Co-operative, Marilyn Ordish and John Ordish, Aston Parish Community Mini Bus, Isobel Burbidge, Vice President of The Midcounties Co-operative and, Karen McNeil, The Midcounties Co-operative.

L-r: Steve Ridler, deputy chief executive at The Midcounties Co-operative, Marilyn Ordish and John Ordish, Aston Parish Community Mini Bus, Isobel Burbidge, vice president of The Midcounties Co-operative and, Karen McNeil, The Midcounties Co-operative.

Community groups in Oxfordshire received a welcome boost after grants totalling £19,744 were awarded by The Midcounties Co-operative from the Society’s Community Fund.

14 local good causes were each presented with a donation of up to £2,000 by Isobel Burbidge, vice president of The Midcounties Co-operative. Among the Oxfordshire organisations benefitting from a grant is the Aston Parish Community Mini Bus, who will use the funds towards the purchase of a new mini bus.

The Finstock Village Hall also received a donation, which they will be using to support the cost of building a pathway around the new village hall.

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.

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 Oxfordshire 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 consider applying for the next round of funding.”