THE Co-op will be helping 30 Newbury-based community groups with a £70,000 funding boost.
The funds were raised through the 5p carrier bag charge as well as a newly-introduced membership scheme where Co-op members purchasing own-brand products from food stores or a funeral or funeral plan from FuneralCare received a five-per-cent reward and one per cent went to local good causes.
Chief membership officer at the Co-op, Rufus Olins, said: “By listening to our members we are able to identify what communities care most about and then offer support that really makes a difference.
“By working with and supporting local good causes, great things are happening.”
The organisations which are due to benefit from the charitable scheme include Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice, Pangbourne Valley Playgroup and Time to Talk, West Berkshire.
Charities either self-nominated or were nominated by the community.
Local store managers, staff and community pioneers made the final decisions on which charities to support.