Co-op helps Borders voluntary groups

The 1st Flodden Baden-Powell Scouts, in Coldstream, and Eyemouth’s Gunsgreen House Trust, were two of the five borders groups to receive funding from the Co-ooperative Group.

A cash boost of more than £5000 from The Co-operative Membership Community Fund, was recently distributed to support local good causes.

The Co-operative is owned by its members, who play an active role in the business and in communities, including the allocation of money from the Membership Community Fund by local committees.

Coldstream Scouts received £2,000; Gunsgreen House Trust £259; Selkirk-based youth project Impact Trust£1,800; the Peebles Baptist Church Community garden Project, £500; the Reaching Out Hawick Congregational Community Church, given a grant of £480.

Liz Armstrong, The Co-operative Group’s membership officer in Edinburgh and Lothian, said: “Supporting local communities has been an inherent part of The Co-operative’s values and principles since the very beginning of the Co-operative Movement. We are particularly proud of the Community Fund, as it demonstrates how our members can make a real difference in their local area.”

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