Four groups across Cambridgeshire handed £4,600 funding boost thanks to Central England Co-op

A new school library, a lifesaving defibrillator and a brand new team football kit were among the items paid for as part of a £4,600 community grant in Cambridgeshire thanks to the Central England Co-operative Community Dividend Fund.

Four groups, organisations and charities shared the payout, with a total of over £44,000 handed out to 36 good causes across 16 counties.

A total of £1,750 has been handed to Friends of Monkfield Park Primary School to help support a major project to revamp the 20 year old school overhaul its library and continue to encourage youngsters to read.

Helen Hickmott, Chair of Friends of Monkfield Park, said: “We are delighted to have received a Community Dividend Fund award from Central England Co-op, which will be used to help fund a library refurbishment in our school. 

“We aim to put this money to good use by creating a more welcoming and friendly library space for children throughout our school to enjoy. 

“We very much look forward to being able to re-develop our library, having waited 20 years.”

Members of Bourne Town Bowls Club will use £1,500 to pay for a lifesaving defibrillator, which will also be able to be used by the nearby swimming pool and cricket club.

David Ashby, Chairman of Bourne Town Bowls Club, said: “Bourne Town Bowls Club wants to thank you for providing the funding for our defibrillator which is an essential part of our young people and the community project.”

Wheatfields Nursery for Pre-School Education, based in St Ives, will use its £700 share to pay for a range of dual-language books to help cater for a variety of youngsters from ethnic backgrounds.

Youngsters from Deeping Rangers Football Club will be heading out onto the pitch next season in a brand new kit thanks to a £650 donation.

Grants of between £100 and £5,000 are handed out every three months to a wide range of applicants.

The fund guarantees that at least one per cent of the Society’s trading profit is reinvested in local communities in a bid to help projects to thrive across its trading area of 16 counties from the Midlands to the east coast.

People can apply for funding by visiting https://communities.centralengland.coop/

Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing members@centralengland.coop or visiting https://www.members.coop

 

Notes to editors

 

Picture caption: Members of groups in Cambridgeshire celebrated being handed their grant from the Central England Co-operative Community Dividend Fund.

 

About Central England Co-operative

 

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. 

 

It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, travel shops, and property investment.

 

Central England Co-operative has over 400 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.  The Society has an ambitious food store development programme for 2019.

 

Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence.  The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.

 

Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to member activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing members@centralengland.coop or visiting https://www.members.coop

 

For more information visit www.centralengland.coop, follow Central England Co-operative on Twitter: @mycoopfood, and on Facebook: facebook.com/centralenglandcooperative

 

Rob Smyth and James Brindle at Central England Co-operative on 01543 421390

 

Email –publicrelations@centralengland.coop