AN EARLY Christmas present has been given to five good causes in the Rugby and Lutterworth area.
They are among 15 causes in the wider area to receive a share of nearly £36,000 from the Co-op’s Local Community Fund.
Rugby Town Girls and Women FC, Home-Start South Leicestershire, Buckby Feast Trust, The Hoskyn Centre and LNBP Community Boating at Braunston will each receive a slice of the funding.
Co-op members have chosen the beneficiaries in line with its mission to provide fair access to food, mental wellbeing support, and education and employment for young people.
A Co-op survey earlier in the year found that three quarters of community causes surveyed expected demand for their services to increase dramatically.
The Co-op has now awarded a total of nearly £213,000 across the local area since the Local Community Fund began in 2016.
Rebecca Birkbeck, Director of Community and Shared Value at the Co-op, said: “Throughout the pandemic we’ve seen more Co-op members than ever play an active role in supporting their community by selecting a cause. Our insight has told us that support for mental wellbeing, access to food and education and employment for young people, are key for helping communities as they get back on their feet
“We’re delighted to see the incredible amount Co-op members have raised over the past five years, by listening closely to our local communities and providing the long-term investment and support they need, our members and customers have all helped make their communities places where we can all be proud to live and work.”
The Local Community Fund is generated by members trading across the Co-op’s businesses. It supports grassroots projects across the UK, encouraging members to choose a local cause to support.
Visit www.coop.co.uk/membership for more information.