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Celebrations as health groups receive £86k boost

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Our shoppers have raised over £86,000 for two health charities which will help provide vital services.

The huge sum was raised between March and May for Rethink Mental Illness, a provider of mental health services for people affected by severe mental illness and Headway, a charity providing vital support to people affected by brain injury.

Each charity was given a £43,000 cheque by our Head of Pharmacy Alastair Farquhar at a presentation at Newland Pharmacy in Lincoln.

“It’s a fantastic amount and will make such a difference to the people we support and their families,” said Headway Lincolnshire Trustee Jane Reams.

“Brain injuries are a hidden disability so having our logo in Lincolnshire Co-op stores has hopefully raised the profile of Headway and what we do to support people who have them.”

Rethink Mental Illness Head of Corporate Partnerships James Fletcher said: “We are thrilled that Lincolnshire Co-op have raised over £43,000 for our work with people affected by mental illness and their carers.

“This funding will do a huge amount to provide support to people in communities across Lincolnshire and the East Midlands.”

According to Headway’s Information and Support Worker Ann-Marie Smith, the charity will use the £43,000 they received to fund training, support groups and social days out for members.

“Our charity is all about showing that life doesn’t stop after a brain injury, and this donation will help us prove that,” said Ann-Marie.

Headway volunteer Hilary Liddle was also in attendance. Having sustained brain damage when she was 19 that was left undiagnosed for 34 years, she now uses her time to support others.

“I found Headway soon after I was told I had brain damage and now I volunteer so others can get the help I didn’t get for all those years,” she said.

The Community Champions scheme is one of the ways that we like to give back to the community. Every time a member shops with us using their dividend card, a donation goes to our chosen champion.

Our current Community Champions are local wildlife charities including Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Yorkshire Wildlife Trusts.

Pop into your local store to find out how you can support these great causes.

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