Co-op fund helps out badminton academy

Denise Wight, Pam Ferguson, Peter Samuelson, Craig Dagliesh, Co-operative team leader, front, Steve Brown and Daniel Wigh,t are presented with cheque from Mark Ormston from a Co-operative's Northumberland area committee member.

Denise Wight, Pam Ferguson, Peter Samuelson, Craig Dagliesh, Co-operative team leader, front, Steve Brown and Daniel Wigh,t are presented with cheque from Mark Ormston from a Co-operative's Northumberland area committee member.

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Co-operative members in Northumberland have helped the North Tyneside Badminton Academy to fund visits to local sixth forms and colleges to offer free training sessions with a grant of £860.

The group received the cash boost from the Co-operative’s Community Fund, a pot of money accumulated by member customers opting to donate all or part of their annual dividend to good causes in the area.

Pamela Ferguson, from the academy, said: “Funding is becoming ever harder to secure, therefore we were delighted to hear that we were successful in securing this grant from the Co-operative.

“The cash has made a huge difference to our group and it means all the more knowing that the money has been donated by local people.”

Pat Crowe, chairman of the Northumberland area committee, said: “Supporting local communities has been an inherent part of the Co-operative’s values and principles since the very beginning of the co-operative movement.

“We are particularly proud of the community fund as it demonstrates how the generosity of our members can make a real difference in their local area.”

Co-operative members receive a payment twice a year based on the points they earn when they trade at any of the group’s businesses.

Community fund application forms are available online at www.co-operative.coop/communityfund or by calling 0844 262 4001.

Awards are allocated by local Co-operative members’ committees based on a set of values and principles such as social responsibility and caring for others.