Nursery nominated for Co-op community fund

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The latest beneficiaries nominated for the Co-op community fund have been announced. They are Brodick Nursery, Mary Davies Trust and Cats Protection.

The fund is a community minded initiative which donates one per cent of the sale value of Co-op own branded products to local organisations.

The Brodick Co-op, which is one of the top performing Co-ops in the country in raising cash for worthwhile organisations, last year raised more than £40,000 which was divided between the Arran Mountain Rescue Team and Feis Arainn. A feat which received national recognition when the Co-op regional manager Alan Campbell visited the store and presented store manager Liz McLean and former member pioneer Mark Harwood with awards.

The Mary Davies Trust is a funding initiative that provides health and well-being treatments, by qualified therapists, to Arran residents. These are provided for carers, sufferers of stress, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke victims and those with bereavement and psychological issues. Referrals are made by Arran GPs and the funding boost could not have come at a better time as the fund is due to deplete its legacy funds received from Mrs Mary Davis in three years time.

Brodick Nursery who undertake their own charitable efforts and social causes, including supporting the Brodick food bank and visiting the elderly and organising beach cleans, are another organisation that will benefit from the Co-op community fund.

The group currently operate out of the Brodick Village Hall and share facilities with the Arran Library. Any funds gratefully received by them will be used to enhance their equipment and outdoor space which the children, aged between three and five, regularly use.

The remaining beneficiary is the Arran branch of Cats Protection, who not only cover Arran, but frequently provide assistance in Kintyre and the outlying islands of Gigha, Islay, Jura and Colonsay.

They provide advice on the welfare of cats, a feral cat neutering scheme and a fostering and re-homing initiative along with many other services all centered around the welfare of cats.

The organisation has been in operation for over 30 years and is run by a group of volunteers who cover the entire island and beyond. The Co-op also has a cat food donation box which has been well supported by the Arran community.

Since its inception in November 2017 the Co-op community fund, across the nation, has raised £19 million towards worthwhile local causes. These have ranged from tackling loneliness to caring for the elderly to providing equipment for emergency services and a number of smaller initiatives, all very localised and all grateful for additional funding.

Members who earn one per cent on Co-op branded food products and selected services, as well as money raised from sales of carrier bags and Co-op scratch cards, can select the charity which they wish their earnings to go to by logging into their account online at

Brodick Nursery visit the Co-op to receive their nomination. 01_B07nursery01