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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