Wildlife Trusts celebrate £81K donation

Thursday 15th September 2016

Lincolnshire Coop presenting the cheque at Gibraltar PointLincolnshire Coop presenting the cheque at Gibraltar Point

Shoppers have raised a fantastic amount to improve local nature reserves, fund educational activities for the public and supply bug hunting kits for curious kids through Lincolnshire Co-op’s Community Champions scheme.

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust were named as Lincolnshire Co-op’s Community Champions between June and September. A donation was made to the charities each time a Lincolnshire Co-op member shopped using their dividend card, amounting to a whopping £81,636.

The total was shared between four local wildlife trusts: Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust received £72,249, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust received £7,454 and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust received over £1,900.

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust was presented with its share at Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve in Skegness, with colleagues from Lincolnshire Co-op and members of the public in attendance to celebrate by the sea.

In Lincolnshire, the local trust runs reserves including Whisby Nature Park near Lincoln, Gibraltar Point Nature Reserve, Willow Tree Fen near Spalding, Far Ings National Nature Reserve near Barton-upon-Humber and Snipe Dales Country Park & Nature Reserve near Horncastle.

Besthorpe Nature Park near Newark is one of the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust’s sites and Pearson Park Wildlife Garden in Hull and Burton Rigg Nature Reserve, near Scarborough, come under the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust.

Chief Executive of Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust Paul Learoyd said: “This is an incredibly generous donation to our work, we thank Lincolnshire Co-op and their members for their support. This is a significant donation that will help our work engaging young people with the natural world in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire.” 

The Community Champions scheme is one of the ways that Lincolnshire Co-op gives back to the community. Every time a member shops at an outlet using their dividend card, a donation goes to the chosen champion at the time.

“Just by spending with us and using their dividend card, members can raise money for these great causes. It’s a great way for our customers to give back to the community” said Lincolnshire Co-op Community Manager Sam Turner.

Outlets are currently raising money for local causes. Over 90 groups are being supported, including schools, scout groups and sports clubs between September and December.
 

Notes to editors:

  1. Lincolnshire Co-op is an independent co-operative society, with a head office in Lincoln. It has more than 250,000 members in Lincolnshire, Newark and surrounding counties and a locally elected board of directors who oversee the business. The Society employs more than 2,800 local staff and runs over 215 outlets across its trading area including food stores, filling stations, post offices, pharmacies, coffee shops, travel agencies and funeral services.

 

 

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