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Local groups benefit from the Co-op community fund


By Sean McAngus


At the weekend local community groups benefited from cash boosts as part of the Co-op’s community fund.

The Co-op in Balmellie Street, Turriff handed over a total of £4169 to worthy causes.

Donations are made up of money raised from local Co-op shoppers who have a membership, came as part of the supermarket chain’s Big Co-op Payout weekend happening across the country.

Each purchase made by a member, gives them five per cent back to spend on their membership card, and one per cent goes towards the Co-op’s Local Community Fund and supporting worthy charities.

Recipients of the Turriff Co-op Community Fund were so delighted to get support from the community.
Recipients of the Turriff Co-op Community Fund were so delighted to get support from the community.

Turriff ’s 1269 Squadron Air Training Corps received £1389 which will go towards a defibrillator and more first aid equipment for the group.

A spokesperson for the group which is open for anyone aged 13 to 16 who have an interest in Aviation and Adventure said: “We are amazed to have received such an amount.

“The money will go towards first aid training equipment for our staff and cadets.

“We are also looking into buying a defibrillator that we hope to place in a community cabinet outside our building.”

The Turriff and District Pipe Band got presented with £1377 which the group appreciate a great deal.

Delighted pipe major Andrew Gray said: “It is really important to us as a band.

“It will help pay for us to travel to contests across the country and buy new equipment.

“This helps us in terms of keeping the pipe band running.

"I would like to thank the Co-op and Co-op local customers that have helped us get this money.”

Friends of the Turriff Cemetery were recipients of £1401 from the fund.

Vice chair and treasurer Morag Lightning said: "We were extremely grateful to Co-op in Turriff, and it’s customers for choosing our group as one of the recipients of their loyalty scheme funds.

"We will be putting the money towards the restoration of the World War one and two memorials, which is being carried out just now."

Fyvie community groups receiving their cheques as part of the Co-op Community Fund.Picture: George Murdoch
Fyvie community groups receiving their cheques as part of the Co-op Community Fund.Picture: George Murdoch

While in Fyvie’s Co-op store, a total of £3977 was handed out to three local groups.

Fyvie Football Club received £1306 which will towards the club’s finances.

A spokesperson for the football club said: “We had a great afternoon celebrating The Big Payout with Fyvie Co-op.

“Everyone at Fyvie FC really appreciates the kind donation and it will be a great boost to club finances.”

The Barthol Chapel Parents Council received £1311 which is a big boost for the school.

The school’s Vicky Wilde Prendergast said: “Just wanted to say a huge thanks to the co-op on behalf of Barthol Chapel Parent Council.

“Our Fyvie Co-op and community is always really supportive and the funds we received will make a massive difference to our wee school."

While Fyvie Primary Parents Council was presented with £1360 from the community fund.



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