OVER £500,00 of grants have been given to community groups and good causes by Lincolnshire Co-operative throughout the county as part of their 150th birthday celebrations – including many in Gainsborough.
Three cheque presentations were held at Gainsborough Home Store at the Market Place, Vanesa Drive Pharmacy, Gainsborough and Messingham Co-op food store.
Thousands of pounds have been awarded to Breathe Easy Gainsborough, St Barnabas Hospice, Gainsborough District Scouts, Gainsborough Hearing Helpline, Lindsey Lodge Hospice, Scotter and United Junior Football Club, the Sixth Messingham Scout Group, Gainsborough Heritage Association, BCTV West Lindsey, the Air Training Corps and Ace Inclusive Sports Club.
Lincolnshire Co-op’s membership and community manager Sam Turner said: “We had a really diverse mix of groups applying for the awards and what stood out in them all was how much good work is going on out there.”
“We’re a co-operative, owned by our members, so the decisions on the Big Birthday Awards were made by those who sit on our area groups, the Member Services Council and the Board of Directors. I know they had a very difficult job picking the successful applicants.
She added: “We hope that the £500,000 we give out on our official 150th birthday will help all recipients build thriving projects that make a difference to local communities. We wish them all the best of luck in the future.”