The 24 Northumberland and Borders good causes to share major Co-op funding boost

Community groups in north Northumberland and the Borders are set to share a major funding boost.

Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 6:01 pm
Updated Thursday, 13th February 2020, 2:43 pm
Wooler Co-op.

The Co-op has announced the 24 organisations that will benefit from its Local Community Fund.

In Northumberland they are: Aln Valley Railway, Berwick U3A, Berwick Youth Project, Lionhearts, HospiceCare North Northumberland, Victims First Northumbria, Bell View (Belford), Belford Arts Festival, Seahouses Girls’ Brigade, Farne Churches Youth and Family Outreach, North Sunderland Football Club, Wooler Netball Club, Wooler FC and Wooler Cricket Club Juniors.

In the Scottish Borders they are: 1st Chirnside Rainbows, Coldstream Men's Shed, Coldstream Community Centre, Coldstream In Bloom, Blood Bikes Scotland, Connect Berwickshire Youth Project, Borders Children's Charity, Eyemouth United Juniors FC, Seashells Nursery and Friends of Eyemouth Primary School.

Nick Crofts, president of the Co-op Council.

Last November, local good causes shared £73,000 and it is anticipated the figure will be similar this year.

The causes directly benefit from members trading with their Co-op across its food and funeral business areas, with one per cent of the purchase value also going into the local community fund pot.

Nick Crofts, president of the Co-op Council, said: “As a member-owned business with a presence in every community across the UK, the Co-op is continuing to create value for millions of members and thousands of local causes.”

Rebecca Birkbeck, director of Community and Shared Value at the Co-op, added: “Thanks to our members since 2016 more than £56 million has been raised for over 16,000 causes that make a real difference in their local communities.”