It’s what we do Co-op cheques boost for local groups

A SHAW-BASED cancer charity is one of three organisations to benefit from the latest rounding of funding from the Co-op’s Local Community Fund.

Shoppers at Royton Co-op on Rochdale Road helped raise more than £12,000 in the last 12 months for the grateful recipients, including Melanoma UK and Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.

Oldham Metro Rotary Club, which holds monthly meetings at Crompton and Royton Golf Club, also benefited from the handout from the popular scheme.

Every time members shop at Co-op stores across the country, one percent of what they spend on selected own-branded products and services goes to help fund community projects where they live.

Members receive five per cent.

Money raised from shopping bag sales also go towards local causes chosen every 12 months.
Applications are currently closed and will next open in spring.

To be accepted you must have a project in mind that will benefit your local community.

Many applications are from charities or local community groups, but as long as your organisation isn’t run for private profit you can apply.

Gill Nuttall from Melanoma UK collected a cheque for £3,646.31.

“We are fundraising for automated body mapping machines which are vital in early detection of the disease,” said Gill.

“Caught early enough Melanoma is one of the most curable cancers,” she added. “Left late, it is a big problem.”

The life-changing machinery costs upto £40,000. A Welsh hospital has benefited from Melanoma UK fund raising efforts with Salford Royal Hospital next in line to receive the equipment.

Oldham Metro members received a cheque for £3,646.52 while Dr Kershaw were awarded £4,818.81.

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