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£221K raised for local breakfast clubs

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More than 190 primary schools are set to benefit from a huge boost in support thanks to fundraising efforts of local shoppers.

Through Lincolnshire Co-op’s Community Champions scheme, colleagues, members, and shoppers came together to raise £221,275 for local primary school breakfast clubs– a record-breaking amount for the scheme.

The total guarantees funding for all participating clubs for the next three years, helping schools tackle the issue of food poverty.

This September, each club will receive a donation of £350 with further financial support to be received until August 2024. In the city of Lincoln alone, 19 primary school breakfast clubs are set to receive a cumulative donation of £5,950 this year.

The funding is critical to the schools, where the benefits of breakfast clubs are seen every day. For Wygate Park Academy in Spalding, the breakfast club is a fundamental resource for many students. Breakfast Club Lead, Sam Luff said: “Through our breakfast club, we can ensure that every child has access to a nutritious breakfast. It’s also a great opportunity for them to socialise with their friends and prepare for the day ahead.

"We’re so grateful to everyone who donated to the scheme – a huge thank you from us and all the children!”

From June to September every time a Lincolnshire Co-op member shopped with their dividend card, a contribution was made to the cause. Proceeds from the carrier bag levy and money donated to in-branch collection tins also went towards the final total. Colleagues also raised funds through dress-down days, bake sales, and sponsored events.

Lincolnshire Co-op’s Community Manager, Sam Turner said: “We set out to raise enough funds to help local clubs provide access to a healthy breakfast.

We are truly blown away by this amazing total. Thank you so much to everyone who donated through the scheme – your help is going to make a huge difference!”

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