Co-op boost for community

THANKS to the generosity of shoppers, Fir Bank Primary School and Dr Kershaw’s Hospice have shared nearly £13,000 as part of the nationwide Co-op Local Community Fund.

Both Royton organisations attended a cheque presentation afternoon at Royton Co-op on Rochdale Road.

The company donates one per cent of members’ spending on own brand products and services to the fund, which supports local projects. Members can nominate a local cause to receive their one per cent.

Funds raised by members who do not select a specific cause are shared equally between other causes in their local area, with new causes chosen every 12 months.

As a result, Dr Kershaw’s capital appeals fundraiser Lisa Buckley collected a cheque for £7,040.71.

Pupils from Fir Bank were also in attendance to receive their share amounting to £5,752.10.

The school is considering using some of their windfall to improve lighting in their hall and to provide an aquarium in reception area to help children with sensory issues.

Dr Kershaw’s money will be used for the general running of the Turf Lane cancer hospice.

Since September 2016, the Co-op has raised a total of more than £20 million for local causes.

As well as charities, it is keen to support small, locally focused not-for-profit organisations, Co-ops, community interest companies and community benefit societies.

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