Gordon causes to share funding boost

The Ellon & District Men's Shed will receive a share of the cash
The Ellon & District Men's Shed will receive a share of the cash

Community groups in the Gordon area are set to share a £20 million funding boost from the Co-op.

Following the announcement of the latest beneficiaries of the Co-op’s local community fund, 13 causes are set to benefit in Buchan and Gordon.

The Gordon groups that will receive a cash boost are Gordon Rural Action, Aberdeenshire North Foodbank – Ellon, The Ellon and District Men’s Shed, Pitmedden Tiny Tots, the Pitmedden, Udny, Tarves Community, and Pitmedden Music Festival.

Each good cause is likely to receive several thousand pounds each, which means organisations in Gordon and Buchan will share a potential total of £17,500.

With 40 per cent of all charities surviving on an income of less than £10,000, the Co-op scheme will provide a considerable proportion of funding to a significant number of charities.

Myles Macdonald, Area Manager for Co-op food stores, said: “As a community retailer we want to support the causes that matter most to Co-op members in Buchan and Gordon, so we would urge people to visit us online to choose who they would like to support, and then shop with us to ensure the good causes get the most out of the fund.

“Nationwide the local community fund is making a real difference to charities and good causes throughout the country. Since we launched the membership scheme in September 2016, 8,000 organisations have shared £20 million, and we are confident that this year we will raise a further £20 million to be shared amongst the latest 4,000 causes.”