Generous Tamworth Co-op Garage and MOT Centre customers drive up charity fund

Customers at Tamworth Co-op’s garage and MOT centre have indicated their continuing support for a charity that will help local people for generations to come.

For the second year running, motorists have raised £250 for the Tamworth Forever Fund by donating the dividends earned on having their vehicles serviced, repaired and MOT’d.garagecdf

They have now contributed a total of £750 over the past three years by participating in the Tamworth Co-op’s Community Dividend Fund.

The Tamworth Forever Fund was launched six years ago by representatives of Staffordshire Community Foundation, Tamworth Borough Council, Tamworth CVS and Staffordshire-based copywriting and publicity agency Enigma Communications.

Ron Constable, general manager of Tamworth Co-op’s non-food division, handed over the money to Gary Phelps, group editor of Central Independent Newspapers, and Phil Shanahan, managing editor of Enigma Communications, who both serve on the Forever Fund board.

“We are an independent Society with our roots in Tamworth and I’m delighted that this is very much a local initiative,” said Mr Constable.

“We hand out around £10,000 every year in the areas we trade in and are pleased to contribute to this very worthwhile charity pot.”

Mr Phelps said: “We are very grateful for the money raised by customers at the Tamworth Co-op garage. It will add to the amount we have placed in a Permanent Endowment Fund, and in time will help many local people in the Tamworth area.

“Because we only intend to hand out the interest generated by the fund, we plan to give away an ever increasing amount of money in future years as the pot grows.”

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