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Together we’re fundraising for two forces charities throughout summer – the Royal British Legion and RAF Benevolent Fund.

Lincolnshire’s rich and colourful history has long been entwined with the forces – you just can’t have one without the other.

Iconic air links range from its RAF bases and Red Arrows fast jet display team to the World War Two 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron and the Avro Lancaster Bomber planes they flew, and much more.

On the ground, Lincoln is known as the birthplace of the tank and a large number of forces families live and work in and around the county.

As the RAF celebrates its 100th birthday this year, and to help recognise the dedication of service people past and present, Lincolnshire Co-op is fundraising for the Royal British Legion and the RAF Benevolent Fund.

The charities will be supported through its Community Champions scheme until September.

Money raised for both the charities will help them care for forces families, veterans and serving personnel who need help with a range of issues including funeral costs, debt, housing, mobility problems and medical care, and help train others to support them.

The fundraising takes off in June, with Lincolnshire Co-op outlets hosting competitions, games and much more.

On food store shelves you’ll find a number of Love Local products specially created to pay tribute to the forces, and 10p from sales of these will also go to the two charities.

Here’s what’s happening over the next few months…

Money will be raised through competitions including a ‘guess where the teddy is’ game at Lincolnshire Co-op travel branches and ‘guess the teddy’s name’ at its funeral homes.

Or, test your flying skills and take part in a paper airplane competition and other games in Lincolnshire Co-op food stores during Armed Forces Day on Saturday 30th June - all in return for a small donation. 

Lincolnshire Co-op food stores stock a range of local produce through its Love Local range, and lots of these producers are also celebrating with some specially created forces-themed products.

And from now until September, 10p will be donated through the Community Champions scheme every time you buy one of these products.

They are:

Red Leicester Bastion in the Air cheese, made by the Grinstead family at Lymn Bank Farm near Skegness.

Bastion Pale Ale, brewed by Ferry Ales Brewery in Fiskerton.

Dambusters Beer Chutney, made by Jenny’s Jams of Lincoln.

Red Arrow sausages, made by Uncle Henry's.

Gadsby’s the bakery is also joining in with themed cupcakes. They will have different decorations during the fundraising period but watch out as they’ll all feature red, white and blue!

Salvation Army clothing banks can be found at many Lincolnshire
Co-op outlets. Proceeds raised from the sale of these items are split between the Salvation Army and the Community Champions scheme, and will go into the fundraising pot.

We have collection boxes across our outlets including food stores, pharmacies, travel branches, funeral homes, coffee shops and post offices. Why not pop in any spare change and show your support?

Don’t forget, a donation will be made through the scheme each time a member shops in a Lincolnshire Co-op outlet, from June until September. Colleague fundraising and the carrier bag levy will also be added to the total. 

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