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.