Co-op fund awards £31,000 to 22 groups to ensure vital work impacted by COVID-19 continues

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Central England Co-op has shared out £31,000 between 22 good causes to ensure they can continue their vital community work during the Coronavirus outbreak.

A wide range of charities and community organisations were delighted to receive the funding boost during these uncertain times, with a total of £31,000 handed out to 22 groups across 16 counties from the retailer’s Community Dividend Fund.

The money will now be spent by charities and organisations to ensure that events, activities and support that otherwise might have been postponed or cancelled can still go ahead and provide a vital boost to the local community.

Organisations in the following areas have benefitted from a grant: Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottingham, Northants, Burton, Lichfield, Rugeley, Yorkshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Below are examples of some of the projects supported:

  • Nene Valley Care Trust, in Peterborough, will use £500 to buy vital computer equipment to allow them to work remotely
  • A total of £1,000 will be handed to Treetops Hospice, in Risley, Derbyshire, to pay for the creation of care packs for patients and their families which are made up of magazines, puzzle books, toiletries and cakes
  • Nelson’s Journey, based in Norwich, supports children and young people who have experienced the death of a special person in their life. It will use £1,876 to pay for special books to be produced and sent out to youngsters as part of work to help them deal with grief
  • Lichfield-based Foresters Scout Group has been handed £2,500 to buy tents for youngsters to use when they are allowed to meet up together again
  • Kirkwood Hospice, in Huddersfield, will spend £2,400 on two pressure relieving mattresses to support terminally ill people with reduced mobility issues

Debbie Robinson, Central England Co-op chief executive, said: “Now more than ever being a co-operative business that sits at the heart of our communities is so important.

“We are delighted that these great projects and good causes have been handed a grant that will allow them to continue their fantastic work in the community at this uncertain time.

“Community Dividend Fund grants like this showcase how by being a member and shopping at your local Central England Co-op store allows us as a Society to continue to invest and fund vital projects in the area.”