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Over £7000 given out at PayDay Celebration in Wick supermarket


By David G Scott

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Cheques were paid out to three local beneficiaries who received more than £2000 each at a special event in a Wick supermarket last Friday afternoon.

The Co-op's PayDay Celebration saw representatives from the outgoing causes receive a total of £7,049.80 from the Local Community Fund at the supermarket's local store – up from £6,278.96 paid out in 2019/20.

Modris Karklins (Wick Co-op store manager) said "The Local Community Fund is one of the Co-op's most visible ways of helping the local community and, thanks to our customers, it's great to see even more money this year going to these three excellent causes."

Inside Wick's Co-op store are from left, Chris Aitken (Caithness Broch Project/Wick High School), Craig Ross (Caithness Broch Project/Wick High School), Roy Mackenzie (Hearing and Sight Care, Caithness and North Sutherland), Deirdre Aitken (Hearing and Sight Care, Caithness and North Sutherland), Modris Karklins (store manager, Wick), Claire Clark (Caithness Community Connections) and Jamie Robson (Co-op member pioneer, Wick). Picture: DGS
Inside Wick's Co-op store are from left, Chris Aitken (Caithness Broch Project/Wick High School), Craig Ross (Caithness Broch Project/Wick High School), Roy Mackenzie (Hearing and Sight Care, Caithness and North Sutherland), Deirdre Aitken (Hearing and Sight Care, Caithness and North Sutherland), Modris Karklins (store manager, Wick), Claire Clark (Caithness Community Connections) and Jamie Robson (Co-op member pioneer, Wick). Picture: DGS

As the Co-op celebrates raising £100 million for local communities, causes and charity partners over the last five years – data from the latest funding round shows that community support is needed more than ever, with more than million Co-op members selecting a cause in a single round of its Local Community Fund – the highest numbers since its launch in 2016.

Jamie Robson (the store's member pioneer) added "This is one of the best parts of the job and today really demonstrates the benefits of our customers being Co-op members. Every time you use your membership card, it's directly helping our good causes.".

Mr Robson added that the payouts were made possible "thanks to the customers who are Co-op members and, importantly, using their membership card when they shop". The three recipients that will share this years payout are Caithness Community Connections (£2220.48); Hearing and Sight Care (£2517.90); and Caithness Broch Project/Wick High School (2311.48).

Related article:

Six good causes in Caithness get support from Co-op Local Community Fund


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