Rugby groups’ slice of Co-op cash

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A dozen groups in and around Rugby have been awarded a share of £2,475 from the Heart of England Co-operative Society.

Villagers, disabled people, keen bowlers, and aspiring stage stars are among those to benefit from the latest round of donations from the Society’s Helping Hearts Awards Scheme.

Among them were members of Bilton Bowling Club in Bawnmore Road who were awarded £500 towards making their all-weather rink more accessible for disabled people.

For Pauline Lines, captain of the ladies’ team, the grant had come as a welcome bonus to the club, which needed to raise a total of between £5,000 and £6,000 to complete the project.

She said: “Our members range from 50 through to their 80s so fundraising is not an easy task. The money from the Heart of England Co-operative Society is a big help. It is extremely generous and a great way to kickstart the fundraising.”

Pauline said the club planned to build on the fundraising campaign by writing to local businesses for sponsorship towards the project.

Other causes to benefit include Yelvertoft Village Hall which received £300 for new tables, the Rugby Disability Forum, which received £150 towards a barbecue for disabled people in the area, and Crick Darby and Joan Club, awarded £100 towards running costs and speakers for their club.

The Crick Scarecrow Festival received £100 in sponsorship, while the Friends of Bawnmore School were awarded £100 to improve and upgrade the school playground and Marie Curie Cancer Care was awarded £300 towards refreshments and other necessities for a fundraising event in aid of cancer patients.

Jo Dyke, community and membership adviser at the Heart of England Co-operative Society, 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 everyone around them.

Groups can apply once every 12 months for awards of between £10 and £1,000. For further information call Jo on (024) 7638 2331.