Exciting trips to an alpaca farm, the panto and a guiding event await girls who belong to the 1stKingsbury Rainbows, all paid for by shoppers generously donating their dividends.
Customers at Kingsbury Co-op raised £615 after giving up the loyalty rewards they earn on their purchases to send the children, aged five to seven, on the outings.
The first one takes place at Kingsbury Community Theatre this month (June 2019) when the Rainbows join Brownies, Guides and Rangers from the district in a day of activities. Then, in July, they will head for the Lucky Tails Alpaca Farm in Hurley, where they will be able to walk one of the woolly creatures, as well as meet some of the other resident animals including pygmy goats. Finally, the year will be rounded off with a visit to a pantomime show in Lichfield.
Emma Horsham, manager of the Tamworth Co-op run convenience store in Kingsbury, said the grant came from its Community Dividend Fund initiative which helps local good causes.
“We encourage our shoppers to nominate an organisation to give their dividends to each year. This time they wanted to support the Rainbows group which is very active in the community,” she added.
Carole Young, who jointly leads the 1stKingsbury Rainbows with Andree Lyon, said: “As a small group, with a maximum intake of 15, it’s hard to get funds and our subs barely cover the rent, so we’re really grateful for this donation.”
The youngsters meet once a week during term-time at Kingsbury Methodist Church Hall, where they work towards gaining skills and interest badges.
The Community Dividend Fund has distributed more than £100,000 to clubs, charities and schools in the area since it was established ten years ago.