Community fund’s note-worthy contribution

Stockport Area Committee Representative Ian Mason with Dove Holes Brass Band members Izabelle Gyte, Kieran Hollindrake, Gordon Booth, Ellie Vernon and Tom Mellor who received �500 from The Co-operative towards the renovation of the group's band room. Photo: Lee Boswell.
Stockport Area Committee Representative Ian Mason with Dove Holes Brass Band members Izabelle Gyte, Kieran Hollindrake, Gordon Booth, Ellie Vernon and Tom Mellor who received �500 from The Co-operative towards the renovation of the group's band room. Photo: Lee Boswell.
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COMMUNITY groups and projects across High Peak are among those to have benefited from a share of £70,000 from The Co-operative’s Community Fund scheme in 2012.

The 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 groups and projects across the country.

Beneficiaries have included High Peak Community Arts, Town End Friday Club in Chapel-en-le-Frith and Disley and New Mills Angling Club.

A recent recipient of a Community Fund award was Dove Holes Brass Band, which received £500 towards the cost of decorating their tired-looking rehearsal room.

Hazel Remeika, Regional Co-operative and Membership Manager for the North West and North Midlands, said of the Community Fund: “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 do choose to give something back to the local community.”