TORQUAY charities get a cash boost from Co-Op members.
CO-OPERATIVE members in the area have helped three Torquay groups continue their good work in the area.
Stoke Gabriel pre-school was given £1,194 towards wages for a pre-school assistant, Brunel Patient Support Group received £500 for a mailshot to recruit new volunteers, and Torquay and District Cats Protection landed £500 towards running costs and vets bills.
The group received the cash boost from The Co-operative's Community Fund, a pot of money accumulated by member customers opting to donate all or part of their annual dividend to good causes in the area. The money is distributed by The Co-operative's local area committees.
Kay McCullough, Chair of the South Devon Area Committee, said: "Supporting local communities has been an inherent part of The Co-operative's values and principles since the very beginning of the Co-operative Movement.
"We are particularly proud of the Community Fund, as it demonstrates how the generosity of our members can make a real difference in their local area, and now we have stores and branches in every postal area of the UK it makes it all the more relevant. Co-operative members receive a payment twice a year based on the points they earn when they trade at any of the Group's businesses, including The Co-operative Food, Travel, Pharmacy and Funeralcare, as well as The Co-operative Bank, Smile and The Co-operative Insurance.