Partnership with Lincolnshire Co-operative raises money for green space projects

Salvation Army clothing banks have helped the Lincolnshire Co-operative raise over than £126,600 which is being shared among 21 green spaces, from local groups to school projects and garden hubs.

The Community Champions scheme, which was introduced to all Lincolnshire Co-op outlets, encouraged staff members to fundraise and customers to donate to the cause. A donation was made through the scheme every time a member shopped in a Lincolnshire Co-op outlet using their dividend card in June, July and August.

A whopping £17,620 was added to the total as a result of Salvation Army clothing banks placed at Lincolnshire Co-op stores. Profit made from these banks is split between The Salvation Army and Lincolnshire Co-op. Proceeds from the carrier bag charge also went into the pot.

Lincolnshire Co-op’s Community Engagement Manager Sam Turner said: “We’re delighted that together, our members and colleagues have raised such a brilliant amount to help these green space projects and groups.

“They support their local communities in so many ways, from the hubs which are passing on valuable gardening skills and new outdoor classroom areas at primary schools to the village play areas which are being created and essential maintenance for existing parks.

“The donations they’ve all received will go a long way and hopefully make a huge difference to the people in those areas - we can’t wait to see how each of them flourish and grow for future generations to enjoy.”