Christmas came early for local causes across Clydesdale this week when the Co-op revealed a £55,000 festive funding boost.
The money will be shared by 12 organisations, all of whom the Co-op feels “are making a real difference to communities throughout the region.”
These include Biggar and Upper Clydesdale Museum, Lanark Gymnastics Club and Biggar’s Corn Exchange Young Performers.
This is the latest round of pay-outs from the fund generated by Co-op members and means overall the Co-op has invested £122,500 in 39 groups in the Clydesdale area since the membership scheme launched in September 2016.
Co-op members, who receive a five per cent reward for themselves with a further one per cent going to local causes when they buy own-brand products, have a say in how the money is allocated, and are encouraged to select the organisations they wish to support online.
Rebecca Birkbeck, director of Community Engagement at the Co-op, said: “Since the launch of the local community fund our members have helped 12,000 organisations to make a positive difference in their neighbourhoods across the country. The fund is now supporting a wide variety of local organisations, from village halls and support groups to education providers and neighbourhood watch.”