Big helping hand for community from Uppermill Co-op

THREE local causes are in the running to receive a substantial handout of funds from Uppermill Co-op thanks to the store’s Local Community Fund.

Bright Futures School for children with autism, Dobcross Youth Band and Dobcross Band Club will each receive a cash boost in November after they have been the shop’s chosen causes for 12 months.Every time members shop at Co-ops across the country, one percent of what they spend on selected own-branded products and services goes to help the chosen causes.

You can help them by becoming a Co-op member, remembering to use your membership card when you shop there and choosing your favourite cause online.

Jude Gidney, Member Pioneer for Uppermill Co-op, met with the three causes to find out what they are planning to do with the funding.

Bright Futures School is excitedly watching its new school being built in Greenfield and will use the funding to help and equipment when they can move in imminently and call it ‘home’.

Christina Stocks, spokesperson for Bright Futures School, said: “We would like to create a state-of-the-art sensory room which will double up as an interactive immersive space for our pupils.“We would like to equip our brand-new school with the very latest teaching technology, including interactive TV screens and modern furniture to aid the development of our pupils, aged five to 16.”

Dobcross Youth Band will use their funding to make sure they look smart as well as keep dry when marching and playing in all weathers.

They wish to buy each band member a hooded weatherproof smart coat with logo to replace their plastic raincoats that struggle in our northern downpours.

Meanwhile Dobcross Band Club will put its money towards a full refurbishment of its kitchen, which is used by many groups including Dobcross Elderberries and for the regular monthly coffee mornings which raise money for charity.

Terry Lawless, Chair of the Band Club, said: “We are really pleased Uppermill Co-op has chosen refurbishing our community kitchen as one of its community causes.

“The kitchen is well used to support community events but is decades old and the club, which is run by volunteers, is the only community space in Dobcross.”

You can become a member of the Co-op for £1 by going to the Co-op website or by ringing 0800 023 4708.

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