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Wildlife Trusts celebrate £81k donation


Our 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.

Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust were named as our Community Champions between June and September. A donation was made to the charities each time a 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 we like to give back to the community. “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.

Our current Community Champions are local causes. Over 90 groups are being supported, including schools, scout groups and sports clubs between September and December. Pop into your local store to find out how you can support these great causes.


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