From Stuart Aitken Co-op member pioneer –
The end of November brought the annual Co-op Big Payout event where the contribution from Co-op members shopping is divided between the three selected causes for that year.
With £15 million being given out across the country the teams at all the Co-op stores and funeral parlours were delighted to be sharing a fantastic sum of £22,822 with our 2019/20 causes.
The money comes from purchases of Co-op branded goods and sales of carrier bags. The three causes to benefit in the 2020 payout were:
Mackie FP Rugby Football Club with a grant of £7,658 which will support their expanding training programme and facilities, including a fitness suite.
Stonehaven Tollbooth Museum with a grant of £7,772 with plans to support some new visitor experience developments including interpretation boards and displays.
Mucky Boots Outdoor Nursery near Kirktown of Maryculter were looking to upgrade their facilities in the woods with an eco-friendly shelter. What they have build with their grant of £7,392 is a fantastic Magic Hat using reclaimed wood and materials.
Co-op’s Investment in Community
Stewart Aitken, Member Pioneer for the Co-op in Stonehaven said: “The Local Community Fund is the cornerstone initiative for the company’s work in the community.
”In Stonehaven, with the fantastic loyalty and membership take up, it means we can help invest large sums of money in the town.
”We love the diversity of work that is being carried out by staff and volunteers at all our causes and we will continue to support them in whatever way we can in the future.
”There are a number of ways that the local shops can support the variety of charity and not for profit organisations in the area which include smaller local grants, produce, FoodShare partnerships, Food Bank collection points and linking up with volunteers and other groups through our cooperate website.
”Though it has been a very challenging year for all we are delighted to still be able to play our part in the community.”
Next Year’s Good Causes
For the coming year our Local Community Fund partners are Mearns and Costal Healthy Living Network; The Haven in Stonehaven; and Inspire..By Stonehaven. If people would like to support them then they can become Co-op members and help through their purchases.
Anyone interested in hearing more about the work of the Co-op in the community can contact Stewart Aitken, member pioneer for Stonehaven at firstname.lastname@example.org.