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Brownies, PTFA benefit from Co-op fund

Two local groups have been awarded more than £9,000 each from the Co-op's Community Fund.

The Isles of Scilly Brownies were presented with a cheque for £9,230.65 at the store on Saturday morning.

'Tawny Owl' Fiona Robson said: "We’re hoping to build a shed down at Sandybanks so there’s room for more equipment, which means the girls can go down there in summer and they’ll be learning to build campfires and will be able to have trails from there. We’re going on a day trip next year hopefully to Paradise Park wildlife sanctuary in Cornwall, which costs a lot of money, and there's lots of equipment that we’ve always wanted and not been able to afford to buy.

"They’ve just started a new Brownie programme so they’ll have the new handbooks and badgebooks to buy so we’ll be able to afford all of those for them. I’m planning to spend it over the next two or three years."

She added: "I’m still in shock at the amount we have. I was very surprised. It took me two days to even tell anybody as I thought I must have got it wrong."

The Five Islands School Parents, Teachers & Friends Association also received a cheque for £9,098.90, which was presented to Debbie and Mike Rigby.

Mike said: "It’s more than we anticipated, but what a fantastic contribution our community through the Co-op have provided. It’s via the PTFA for new camping equipment so that our older teenagers can go to the mainland and build confidence and resilience for their post-16 transition. These sorts of sums will provide a whole raft of new equipment, eg tents, boots, cookers, waterproofs etc, for them to actually go and achieve an expedition on the Land's End peninsula."

Co-op manager Robin Stephens said: "Our percentage of membership is about 70-75%, which is more than most Co-ops and that allows us to donate such a large volume of money, which is fantastic. If you bring your card to the Co-op and keep spending money on own brand goods, the points just add up."

Co-op's Local Community Fund receives 1% of money spent by members on own brand products and services. This, along with funds raised from carrier bag sales, is used to support projects benefiting the local community.

Local groups can apply to be one of the Co-op's causes, after which members can vote for their preferred choice via their membership cards. Money each shopper raises will go to the group they personally specified for the next six or 12 months.


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