Members of Lincolnshire Co-op have raised an enormous £57,190 for more than 80 local good causes in the past three months.
Under the Community Champions scheme, every time the Society’s 250,000 members use their Dividend Card in Co-op outlets, a donation goes towards their local good cause, this time boosted by proceeds from the sale of carrier bags.
The biggest amount locally went to Metheringham Pre-school, based in the village hall, which gets a fantastic £1,476.96.
It has been established for more than 40 years, set up by parents and now run by Anna Russel.
She explained: “The money is to replace about 12 very old and tired tables and chairs, because they are so expensive, and, if there is any money left, we would like to buy a new children’s rug to sit on.”
She said: “We would struggle to raise that much money as all our fundraising goes into toys and equipment.”
The Friends of St George’s Academy at Ruskington have received £555.59 towards camping and outdoor expedition equipment for their Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme students who may not be able to afford their own. This is coupled with a grant for £4,750 just awarded from the Rotary Foundation will buy 10 two-man tents, rucksacks, sleeping bags and mats, first aid kits, boots and waterproofs.
Chairman of the Friends, Mike Cross, said: “Our aim is to be able to kit out up to 20 pupils and have money ring fenced for maintenance.”
Other recipients were: Digby Village Pre-School £555.59 for new IT resources and Wifi; North Kyme Village Hall £712.51 for improving disabled parking and outdoor facilities; Sleaford Caring Trust (Evergreen Sleaford) £718.32 to help expand their services and further train volunteers; £879.32 for maintenance and upkeep of the public defibrillator in Helpringham and training and equipment costs for the Heckington LIVES First Responders Group; Caythorpe and Fulbeck Junior Football Club £762.73 to buy new kit and equipment and Potterhanworth Community Project Group £777.45 to provide a coffee shop and community centre premises.