Girvan RNLI receives generous donation from Maybole Co-op community fund

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Co-op members go all out to save lives at sea with their community fund

RNLI/Craig Sommerville

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This time last year we were delighted to receive notification from Co-op Maybole that we had been chosen as one of the local charities to be supported by the Co-op’s Local Community Fund along with Carrick Rugby Football Club and Community Wellbeing Hub who were the other 2 local charities chosen by the Maybole store.

Today, some of our lifeboat crew visited the Maybole Co-op store to meet store manager Johnny Kirkland and be presented with a cheque for Girvan Lifeboat for the amazing sum of £2017

We’d like to thank the Co-op in Maybole & their customers for raising the fantastic amount of £2017 for Girvan RNLI through the Co-op Local Community Fund. In each store, there are 3 charities supported over the year, with Co-op members choosing 1 of these charities to support when they shop.

We’re so pleased that the people of Maybole & surrounding areas chose to support us in this way and thank them for making their donation towards Girvan RNLI, these vital funds will help towards training and Equiping our crew to the highest standard and allow us to do what we do best, which is Saving Lives at sea .

Twenty seven Co-op stores in Scotland selected their local RNLI lifeboat/lifeguards to support for the year (Nov 21 – Oct 22) so we feel really privileged to be among the chosen ones!

Co-op customers generously raised £101,412.13 across all 27 stores for the RNLI, There is also a further 19 lifeboat stations being supported by the Co-op Local Community Fund over next 12 months which is fantastic news, and like us here in Girvan every penny raised will help to continue saving lives at sea.

Since 2016, Co-op members have raised £117 million for local communities, including over 30,000 local community projects & charities across the UK through the Co-op’s Local Community Fund – helping to build stronger and more resilient communities by tackling key issues such as access to food, mental wellbeing support and opportunities for young people.

Rebecca Birkbeck, Director of Community & Member Participation at Co-op, said: “I am delighted to see the incredible amount Co-op members have raised, simply by choosing Co-op. We know that the Cost of Living crisis is making it incredibly challenging for many local causes. I’m proud our Local Community Fund can be a life-line, not only promoting the development of stronger, more resilient and fairer communities but also helping people cope with what life throws at them. By listening closely to our local causes, along with data from Co-op’s Community Wellbeing Index, and our network of Member Pioneers, it’s helped us bring to life Co-op’s vision of ‘Co-operating for a Fairer World’, providing the long-term investment and support local causes need. Our members have all helped make their communities places where they can be proud to live and work.”

You can find out more about the Co-op’s local community fund at their link here

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