Future proofing new school success with help from Co-op shoppers

A NEW school for children with autism being built in Greenfield is one of three organisations to benefit from the latest rounding of funding from the Co-op’s Local Community Fund.

Shoppers at stores in Grotton, Lees and Moorside helped raise more than £19,000 in the last 12 months for the grateful recipients, including Bright Futures School.

Members of Moorside Cricket and Bowling Club and RSPCA Oldham and Bury Branch – based at the Strinesdale Centre – were also invited to the Grotton shop to receive their cheques.

Every time members shop at Co-op stores across the country, one percent of what they spend on selected own-branded products and services goes to help fund community projects where they live.

Members receive five percent.

Money raised from shopping bag sales also go towards local causes chosen every 12 months.

Applications are currently closed and will next open in Spring 2020.

To be accepted you must have a project in mind that will benefit your local community.

Many applications are from charities or local community groups, but as long as your organisation isn’t run for private profit you can apply.

Friends of Bright Futures received £6,101.51 towards a target of £50,000 to equip the school on Friezland Lane so pupils can enjoy the best possible interactive learning experience.

The former Grasscroft-based school, now in temporary accommodation in Greenacres, hopes to move into the new build in February 2020.

An impressive total of £19,121.15 was raised thanks to generous customers at the Lees, Grotton and Moorside stores.

Cheques were also presented to Moorside (£6,060.44) and the RSPCA (£6,959.20).

Moorside Cricket Club treasurer Tim Mitchell said: “The money will go towards our junior cricket set-up so we can run coaching sessions throughout the year, instead of just outdoors.

“And it will pay for entry into competitions, particularly in winter. We also hold summer coaching courses during school holidays run by professional coaches.

“We run Under 9s and Under 11s sides but have around 45 juniors signed on. They are mainly from the Moorside area but we do get youngsters coming to us from other areas including Saddleworth.

“This is a major amount of money for us; we were very surprised when the Co-op told us how much we were getting.”

A total of £19 million has been paid out from the Local Community Fund to benefit 4,000 local causes.

• The next round of funding from the Co-op’s Local Community Fund at the Lees, Grotton and Moorside stores will benefit RSPCA Oldham and Bury branch, St Thomas’ Leesfield Garden Gang and Bus Band.

St Thomas’ Leesfield Garden Gang have already got hands to help shoppers with their bag packing.

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