Nominate a good cause for Tamworth Co-op cash

Do you know of any voluntary organisations which make a real difference to their local community and deserve financial support? If so this is your chance to put them forward for a cash hand-out.

For the fifth year running, The Tamworth Co-operative Society has announced it will be handing out money to a host of worthy organisations on its doorstep.

Tamworth Co-op business support manager Julie Gasper presents Flt Lt Gavin Walker with a cheque for £1,305 in front of a group of delighted cadets

Tamworth Co-op business support manager Julie Gasper presents Flt Lt Gavin Walker with a cheque for £1,305 in front of a group of delighted cadets

People living in Tamworth, Amington, Bolehall, Brownhills, Dordon, Glascote, Kingsbury, Lichfield, Polesworth, Rosliston, Stretton, Stanton, Whittington and Wood End have until November 30, 2013 to nominate a worthy organisation or charity to receive money from the Society’s Community Dividend Fund.

Nomination forms are available at all of the Society’s retail outlets and you no longer have to be a member to nominate a good cause. Customers can only vote once and at just one location.

The money is raised from shoppers donating the dividends they have earned from their purchases to specific causes supported by each Co-op outlet.

The main department store, Tamworth supermarket, and all the convenience stores listed in the areas above will again be participating in the popular scheme.

The public will be able to donate their dividends to nominated organisations at the stores between January 26, 2014 and January 25, 2015, with cheques to be handed out from April 2015. In the meantime customers can continue to support the organisations currently in place

The Society’s board of directors will review all the nominations before making a final decision.

Mr Coles offered his personal thanks to all customers who have supported the scheme in the past.

“Thanks to our generous customers we were again able to distribute a five figure sum to local groups in 2013,” he said.
“We’re local, we’re independent and we care. That’s our mantra and throughout our long history in Tamworth we have always supported local organisations and charities in our trading area.

“We are looking for organisations such as schools, playgroups, clubs for the elderly or specific interest groups which carry out an important function. Big national charities, such as Cancer Research and the British Heart Foundation, will not be eligible as we are looking to help doorstep initiatives.”

Mr Coles stressed that the groups nominated by customers must not be in the private sector or for profit. In addition they must be near to the particular branch they visit.

“If you know of an initiative in your area which carries out excellent work please make the effort to visit your local Tamworth Co-op convenience store, the Tamworth supermarket or the main department store before November 30,” he added.
Full details are on the nomination forms now available at all retail branches