Community groups to share £20m in funding

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Community groups in Doncaster are set to share a £20 million funding boost from the Co-op.

Following the announcement of the latest beneficiaries of the Co-op’s local community fund, 17 causes are set to benefit in the area.

The causes set to benefit include Rossington Good Neighbours, SSAFA Doncaster and Thorne and Doncaster Housing for Young People, with each in line to receive several thousand pounds.

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

Paul Goodman, 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 in Doncaster such as Doncaster Housing for Young People, 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.

“Nationwide the local community fund is making a real difference to charities and good causes throughout the country. Since we launched the membership scheme in September 2016, 8,000 organisations have shared £20 million, and we are confident that this year we will raise a further £20 million to be shared amongst the latest 4,000 causes.”

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 good causes.

By joining the Co-op’s membership scheme shoppers can contribute to the money raised for the good causes www.coop.co.uk/membership