Good causes benefit from Co-op funding

Community groups in north Northumberland and Berwickshire are set to share a £20million funding boost from the Co-op.

Saturday, 17th February 2018, 07:23 am
Wooler drop-in centre

Twenty-four good causes are set to benefit in the area, including Berwick ARC, Berwickshire Group RDA and Connect Berwickshire Youth Project, with each in line to receive several thousand pounds.

Sean White, area manager for Co-op food stores, said: “As a community retailer we want to support the causes that matter most to Co-op members so we would urge people to visit us online to choose who they would like to support, and then shop with us to ensure the good causes get the most out of the fund.”

Grant recipients are: Northumberland Theatre Company (NTC); SHAK (Safe Homes & Kindness); Alnwick & District Mencap; Bell View Silver Singers; Word of Life Church; Belford Festival of Art and Culture; Chirnside Civic Week; Berwick ARC; Berwickshire Group RDA; Coldstream in Bloom; Coldstream Men’s Shed; 1st Coldstream Boys’ Brigade; Duns Junior Football Club; Duns Rangers; Border Search and Rescue Unit; Eyemouth & District Community Trust; St Abbs Lifeboat; Connect Berwickshire Youth Project; Chin-Up; Bell View; Seahouses Development Trust; Wooler Drop In; Wooler Juniors FC; and Northumberland National Park Mountain Rescue Team.

With 40 per cent of all charities surviving on an income of less than £10,000, the Co-op scheme will provide a considerable proportion of funding for many local good causes.

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Nationwide, the fund is making a real difference. Since the membership scheme was launched in September 2016, 8,000 organisations have shared £20million.

When a Co-op member buys own-brand products from food stores or a funeral plan or funeral from Funeralcare they earn a five per cent reward for themselves with a further one per cent going to local good causes.

By joining the Co-op’s membership scheme shoppers can contribute to the money raised for the good causes, and they can choose which of these causes they wish to support by logging on to the Co-op’s membership website at