Community grants benefit good causes

Rev Christine Pennock at Leasingham Church where a new kitchen and toilet facilities has been installed. EMN-140915-122959001
Rev Christine Pennock at Leasingham Church where a new kitchen and toilet facilities has been installed. EMN-140915-122959001

Members of Lincolnshire Co-op have raised an enormous £4,679 for good causes in the Sleaford area in the past three months.

The Community Champions scheme means every time a Co-op member uses their dividend card in Lincolnshire Co-op outlets, a donation goes towards their local good cause.

Donations will now be made from the total amount raised from June to September. member engagement manager Richard Whittaker said: “The champions change four times a year so we have the chance to support lots of different groups – if any groups out there need help with a project we’d like to encourage them to apply to be a Community Champion.”

The latest local recipients included Navenby Bowls Club which will get £704.77 for new equipment and maintenance. Billinghay Brownies are getting £351.90 for sports, craft, play and games equipment and an outing for their organisation’s 100th birthday celebration. Billinghay Scout Group got the same amount.

Dunston Carpet Bowls Club has £485.97 to replace its carpets, while Great Hale Luncheon Club has £788.60 to pay for lunches and outings for members. Leasingham St Andrew’s Church gained £250.65 to help stock the new kitchen for community events. Martin Kurling Club has received £485.97 for an extra set of kurling stones, pushers and targets, while Metheringham Gymnastics Club got the same amount for a large safety landing mat to be shared with the primary school as the popular club is run by Sleaford Elite Gymnastics Club at the school.

The largest amount goes to Ruskington Young At Heart Club - £1,087.17 will buy a lightweight folding wheelchair, a projector stand and folding tables for fundraising events. Another £250.65 went to The Junction at the New Life Church in Sleaford for hot meals, Christmas party food and special events for homeless and vulnerable people.

Local organisations can pick up an application form in store or at www.lincolnshire.coop/communitychampions.