Shoppers’ cash boost for Wigan charities

Store manager Steven Blakeley stands along side the totalizer with Brian Drury from the garden project in Standish
Store manager Steven Blakeley stands along side the totalizer with Brian Drury from the garden project in Standish

Wigan charities have received an early Christmas present thanks to a huge funding boost generated by Co-op members.

The Co-op has revealed that £95,000 will be shared across 17 organisations in the borough, which includes Wigan and Leigh Hospice, Twinkle House and Amplify Youth Group.

This latest payout means that the Co-op has invested a total of £192,000 in 62 groups in Wigan since the membership scheme was launched in September 2016.

Co-op members, who receive a five per cent reward for themselves with a further one per cent going to local causes when they buy own-brand products, have a say in how the money is allocated, and are encouraged to select the organisations they wish to support online.

Rebecca Birkbeck, Director of Community Engagement at the Co-op, said: “Since the launch of the local community fund our members have helped 12,000 organisations to make a positive difference in their neighbourhoods, and in the last 12 months alone we have invested £19m in local causes.

“The fund is now supporting a wide variety of local organisations, from village halls and support groups to neighbourhood watch schemes, all of which are helping to make Wigan a better, happier, and healthier place to live.”

Here’s how the money was shared out among local charities:

27th Wigan Scout Group - £4,670.29;

Wigan & Leigh Young Carers - £6,130.12;

Wigan Flashes Conservation and Community Group - £4,843.77;

Pemberton Old Wigan Brass Band - £5,581.37;

Standish Methodist Church garden project- £5,806.70;

Hair with Care - £5,790.05;

25th St Helens (Billinge) Scout Group - £8,013.75;

Amplify Youth Group - £3,454.46;

Sew Science - £8,030.23;

Joseph’s Goal - £6,162.28;

MedEquip4Kids - £5,873.64;

Prevent Unwanted Pets Wigan Branch - £3,226.97;

The John Marshall Fund - £3,774.65;

Wigan and Leigh Hospice - £3,266.96;

16th Wigan Scout Group - £4,648.19;

Twinkle House - £4,029.52;

Bispham hall scout estate - £11,320.09.