Club score with community fund

Stamford Bridge Cricket Club has received £1,500 from The Co-operative Community Fund to upgrade its club scorebox.

The Community Fund is created by members of The Co-operative Group who elect to donate all, or part, of their twice-yearly dividend payments directly to the scheme. The funds are then shared with local community projects and groups, such as Stamford Bridge Cricket Club, across the country.

Andy Winfield, from Stamford Bridge Cricket Club, said: “This generous grant from The Co-operative has allowed us to upgrade our historical scorebox, 25 years after it was originally built.

“The club hold the scorebox very dear, as it was donated to the club in memory of one of our most talented local players, Pete West, who we lost in 1982.

“The scorebox is one of a kind and something that we are really proud of as a club – and we are thrilled to have received funding to upgrade it.”

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.

Chris Forrest, membership officer for The Co-operative’s North region said: “Because our members own the business, they get a share in any of the profits we make.

“It’s a scheme we’re very proud of, not only because it gives us the chance to thank members for shopping with us, but because so many people choose to give something back to local communities.”

“There is around £200,000 available in this region, each year, from the Community Fund, and we welcome applications from local groups and projects for £100 to £2,000,” said Chris.

Community Fund application forms are available online at www.co-operative.coop/communityfund or by phoning 0844 262 4001.

Awards are allocated by local Co-operative members’ committees, based on a set of values and principles such as social responsibility and caring for others.