Charities and worthwhile causes in and around Rugby are celebrating a share of £1,375 in grants from the Heart of England Co-operative Society.
Seven causes across the borough received a slice of the cash from the society’s Helping Hearts Awards Scheme, in which the retailer shares a percentage of its profits among community groups within its trading area.
Among those to benefit was New Directions, a charity that supports adults with learning disabilities. The charity received £250 towards art classes led by tutor Kate Morris at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum.
Meanwhile the Sikh Social and Welfare Association and Day Care Centre received £400 towards a new TV for its communal room.
Cold Ashby Playing Fields and Five Star Entertainment also received £250 each. Villagers in Cold Ashby will use their money to upgrade the children’s play area on the playing fields, while Five Star Entertainment will use its £250 towards a production of Cats, in the Temple Speech Rooms at Rugby School.
Other groups to receive funding were St Matthew’s Bloxam CE Primary School, Brain Tumour Research and Crick Pre-School.
Jo Dyke, Community and Membership Adviser, said: “In the past few months we have received applications for help from some fantastic groups which are going all out to engage their communities, bringing them closer together and working together for the benefit of those around them.
“From those looking to raise funds for new equipment, to those lending emotional support to people in need – every award is there to improve community life or the quality of life for people who live in less fortunate circumstances than ourselves.”
Jo urged other not-for-profit groups to apply for funding. Awards range from £10 to £1,000 and groups can apply once a year.
For further details contact Jo on 024 7638 2331 or pick up an application form from any one of the society’s food, funeral, home and living or travel branches.