Community groups across Rotherham celebrate cash boost

By Michael Upton | 12/12/2017

Community groups across Rotherham celebrate cash boost
Brain injury charity, Headway Rotherham, held an open day at their offices in Victoria Hall, Rosehill Park earlier this year. The Mayor of Rotherham and Consort, Cllr Eve Rose Keenan and Pat Keenan paid a visit and are seen with staff, volunteers and service users at the event. 171340-1

SEVENTEEN community groups, sports clubs and good causes were celebrating the perfect Christmas present after landing four-figure cash windfalls.

Co-op is dishing out the dosh to groups across Rotherham, with just over £45,000 allocated in total.

Those in the money include Age UK Rotherham, Kimberworth Park Community Partnership, and the 14th Rotherham Scouts.

It means the Co-op has invested £118,000 in good causes in Rotherham and the surrounding area since 2016, when it began earmarking for community benefit one penny for every £1 spent with shops and funeral directors.

Rufus Olins, director of community and campaigns at the Co-op, said: “It's great to be delivering an early Christmas present to those communities and individuals that need it most.  

“Along with our members, we're proud to be making a difference to hundreds, if not thousands, of lives.”

The biggest winner in the Rotherham area is charity Headway Rotherham, which will receive £5,916.70, with Activate Rawmarsh not far behind on £5,785.

The Chislett Men in Sheds Project will be granted £3,369.24, Dearne Electronic Community Village £3,234.28, Wath Hall £3,228.98, The friends of Gillian Banks £3,323.51 and Thornberry Animal Sanctuary £3,253.34.

The other grants are as follows: Thurcroft Welfare Community Hall £2,337.01; THE COMPANY Performance Ensemble £2,137.13; Crossroads Care Rotherham £1,663.76;  Start-a-Heart 24:7 £1,663.03; Rotherham Organisation for Down's Syndrome (RODS) £1,627.71; 14th Rotherham Scouts £1,611.98; Age UK Rotherham £1,546.72;Millers Coffee Afternoon £1,496.55; Lighthouse Homes £1,424.77; and Speakup: the home of inclusion £1,414.20

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