Christmas has come early for a trio of good causes that were today awarded a share of over £20k being handed out by a Co-op store in Mapperley.
The Friends of Gedling Country Park, Westdale Infant School and Westdale Pre-School all received a share of the fund, which was raised from donations made when customers make purchases with a membership card in store.
The cheques were today handed out during a ceremony at the Co-op branch on Mapperley Top.
Westdale Pre-School received £6396.44, Westdale Infant School received £6,747.91 and Friends of Gedling Country Park (FGCP) were awarded £7,026.44.
FGCP chairman Terry Lock revealed that the money awarded today would be spent on an exciting new nature trail in the park.
He told Gedling Eye: “We aim to use most of the money to create a new living nature trail in the park. It won’t be using wooden sculptures this time, but it will be created with living nature – like trees and bushes.
People will be able to learn more about the trees planted along the route with a series of plaques. We are looking to plant around 40 to 50 mature native British trees for people to look at.”
The rest of the money will be spent on other projects, including a book celebrating the park environment and also honouring the park’s fifth anniversary next year.”
Maria Narducci is the Co-op member pioneer from Mapperley and organised today’s cheque presentation event.
She is now on the lookout for other good causes who could receive a cash award from future fundraising.
She said: “I really want to build a community network with groups locally that we can support in many ways.
“We don’t just award money but also can help out in other ways, like finding them meeting spaces in the local area and offering advice.
“I’m now actively looking for other good causes people in the community want us to support. If you run one or know of a cause we can help, get in touch via our social media channels.”
The £20,170 awarded today was raised by customers using their co-op membership cards.
Customers can pay £1 to obtain a card and then go online to decide what a percentage donated when they buy Co-op’s own products goes towards.