Co-op funds deliver boost for local causes

THE Saddleworth community proved it really does love local causes as it helped raise thousands of pounds for clubs, societies and organisations.

Through the Co-operative Food store’s community funding initiative, shoppers donated one per cent of their spend on Co-op products to raise the money for a range of causes.

In Uppermill, the Co-op’s chosen recipients benefitted from a total of £6,613.19.

Of that sum, £2,488.03 went to Oldham Mountain Rescue Team, who sent members Mike, Ron and Scott to collect the cheque.

Mike explained: “The money will go towards team funds. We need around £35,000-£40,000 for general running costs each year so this money will be very helpful and is much appreciated.”

The team of volunteers carries out search and rescue operations in the Peak District National Park and beyond, and also helps emergency services with urban incidents.

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Another £2,028.28 raised by Uppermill shoppers was presented to the Uppermill Whit Friday Band Contest to help cover their costs of next year’s event.

Cllr Pam Byrne, chairman of the band contest committee who collected the cheque with Kath Airey, said: “This is fantastic and will give us a really good start for next year.”

She explained around £3,000 alone is needed for prize money for the contest and another £3,000 to cover the remaining costs of putting on the event.

And Bright Futures School for children with autism received £2,096.42 which it will put towards buying touch screen technology for their pupils and staff.

The school is currently working well from temporary premises in Greenacres aims to be back in Greenfield next year after Robert Scott & Sons very generously agreed to build them a new school.

Alison Hughes, head of learning, said: “The money is fantastic and will help us to buy new technology which hugely benefit pupils.”

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Charities that will be supported by Uppermill Co-op for next round of funding are 52nd Uppermill Rainbows, Saddleworth Village Olympics and Springhead Management Company (Springhead Community Centre).

Meanwhile, Grotton, Springhead and Moorside Co-ops clubbed their funds together from shoppers to raise almost £23,000 for three local causes.

Saddleworth Rangers received £7,214, Oldham Band (Lees) were given £7,169 and RSPCA Bury, Oldham and District Branch received £8,587.

And three Delph organisations have benefited from village shoppers using the Co-op on King Street and contributing to the local community fund.

More than £5,000 has been shared out between the Millgate Arts Centre (£1,704), Delph Community Association (£1,704) and Delph School Parent Teacher’s Association (£1,800).

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