Groups benefit from Co-op community cash

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Arran Pipe Band and Arran Highland dance club held a performance outside the Brodick Co-op last weekend to thank the store for grants from the local community fund, writes Colin Smeeton.

Beneficiaries of the fund, collected over the previous six months, were the pipe band, which received £7,057, the Hospital Supporters League, which received £7,691, and the Highland dancers who received £6,806 from a total of £21,554 raised by the Brodick branch for local groups.

Representatives of the organisations visited the store where they thanked the management and staff for their ongoing support.

The Brodick Co-op, which contributes one per cent of the value of own brand products to local community causes and five per cent back to customers, provides a grant scheme of up to £15,000 for eligible organisations. Staff also hold numerous cake sales, raffles and in-store events throughout the year to support local charities. So far they have provided more than £9 million nationwide.

Hospital Supporters League secretary Jim Arnold said: ‘We hope to use most of the money to buy a Cubescan Biocon 700 bladder scanner, at just over £6,000. This equipment will be based at the hospital, but because it is portable it will be used by the community nurses.

‘In the last two years that she was secretary, the late Sheila MacLeod said to me that there were at least two of our donors who had been very pleased with the level of care and attention that their relatives had had from our community nursing staff, all thanks to the generosity of the Co-op and their customers.

‘The committee is able to do what it does, and has done, because of the generosity shown by the people of this island and many of our visitors.’