Thousands raised for community causes

Church warden Marjorie Green with the church's current facilities.
Church warden Marjorie Green with the church's current facilities.

More than £3,500 has been awarded to good causes in and around Sleaford thanks to a scheme run by Lincolnshire Co-operative.

The sum has been raised over the last three months through the society’s Community Champions scheme.

This sees each of its members linked to a good cause close to a where they live. Every time a member uses their dividend card in any Lincolnshire Co-op outlet where points are issued, a donation from the Community Champions pot goes towards their local good cause.

In all, more than £37,000 was raised in the past three months for more than 70 worthy causes.

The group receiving the biggest sum in the Sleaford area is Holy Cross Church, in Scopwick.

There, a sum of £1,092.58 has been awarded in aid of plans for a disabled toilet, servery and seating area.

Church warden Marjorie Green said she was ‘absolutely delighted’ with the sum.

She said: “We didn’t think we would get that amount of money.”

The money will pay for an architect to create designs for the re-vamp.

Currently, the church has to rely on the village hall across the road for facilities if it is hosting an event, having little more than a cold water tap to its name.

Mrs Green said: “We want the church to be more open to the local community and be comfortable for people to be in.”

Other groups In the Sleaford area to have benefited are:

l Friends of Billinghay CofE Primary School - £536.69 for outdoor play equipment

l Ruskington Short Mat Bowls Club - £945.23 for new equipment and organising a tournament with other local clubs

l Sleaford and District Talking Newspaper - £657.50 for memory sticks and digital listening boxes

l The Laffletics Club - £363.42 for new specialist equipment, running and transport costs, club t-shirts and vouchers to reward achievement.

Groups and organisations who are eligible and in need of a cash injection can pick up a Community Champions application form in store or to download from