Bumper Co-op handouts give charities a big boost

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By Colin Smeeton

Three Arran charities are celebrating a windfall of nearly £40,000 from the latest community fund hand out from the Brodick Co-op.

The latest bumper pay out, which amounted to £38,703,62 was handed over to the three charities at a special community event last weekend.

Representatives of Mary Davis Trust, Cats Protection Arran, and teachers, parents and pupils from Brodick Nursery, attended the cheque presentation and thanked the Co-op for their share of the money which is made up from the sale of one per cent of own-branded products purchased by customers.

Receiving £13,099.99 was the Mary Davis Trust who provide therapeutic treatments to Arran residents who have been identified as requiring feel good therapies by their doctor. Spokesman Chris Attkins said: ‘On behalf of the Mary Davies Trust, I wish to pay tribute to everyone who supported our charity – and of course to our wonderful Co-op for making this possible. We’re so lucky to have such a community-focused supermarket on Arran. The magnificent sum raised will enable island residents to benefit from hundreds of therapeutic sessions at Heather Lodge.’

Linda Wood for Cats Protection Arran, who received £12,688.87, said: ‘On behalf of Cats Protection, Isle of Arran Branch thank you to the Brodick Co-op for enabling us to be one of the charities this last year. Thank you also to all those who chose us as their charity for this year. I am thrilled that, with everyone’s help, it will enable us as a branch to continue our work by replacing the present vehicle. Funds we raise do not enable this to happen as they are for day to day work of rehoming, neutering and education. The terms under which we applied for the Community Fund are for the replacement vehicle only and will mean that we can stop using valuable day to day funds to keep repairing the existing one. Thank you so much to everyone.’

Brodick Nursery which received £12,914.76 was equally delighted with the financial assistance. Aileen Brand said: ‘We are extremely grateful to the Co-op members and the Brodick Co-op for this generous donation. As a voluntary nursery that only receives basic support from North Ayrshire Council we need to fund raise to support ourselves. This donation will go some way in assisting us as we look towards the nursery provision hours being hugely increased in the near future. We will also be developing our outdoor area at the nursery which will be beneficial to the children, their development and enjoyment. On behalf of all of the teachers, pupils and parents, thank you to everyone for your continued support of Brodick Nursery.’

Manager Liz McLean, who now runs both Brodick Co-ops, said: ‘We are delighted to be handing over these cheques on behalf of all of our members whose one per cent of what they spent on own branded products and services will help to make a real difference in the community.

‘All of the causes are very worthwhile and we are particularly pleased to see that they will have a real impact on the community. I would urge everyone to sign up to be a Co-op member, the more members that take part, the more the community benefits. Thank you to all of our members and customers for helping us to give back.’

Over the last year the Co-op has contributed £17 million to over 4,000 causes in the communities where they operate.

The three charities that members can select their one per cent to go to this year are: Brodick Improvements Committee, ArCaS and the Arran High School Mountain Bike Club. Members can select either their favourite cause, or all three, to benefit from the Co-op community fund.

Teachers and pupils at Brodick Nursery made a special banner to say thank you for the support. 01_B48coop01

The Co-op’s Liz McLean and Carol Harwood present Janice Small with a cheque for the Mary Davis Trust. 01_B48coop02

Linda Hartley and Kay McWilliam of Cats Protection proudly show off their cheque with Liz McLean and Carol Harwood. 01_B48coop03

Parents, teachers and pupils of Brodick Nursery visit the Brodick Co-op to say thank you for their support. 01_B48coop04