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Good causes receive payout from community fund thanks to customers at Co-op stores in Muir of Ord and Beauly


By Val Sweeney

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Members of the Beauly Community Garden receive the donation from Neil Morrison and Neil Campbell, of the Co-op.
Members of the Beauly Community Garden receive the donation from Neil Morrison and Neil Campbell, of the Co-op.

Customers at two food stores have played a vital role in delivering much-needed funding for community groups in their area.

The Co-op’s local community fund has paid out to three groups thanks to members at the Beauly and Muir of Ord Co-op stores.

They were the Beauly Cares Community Garden which received £6074.08, the Highland Mindfulness Group which was handed £5282.22 and Homestart East-Highland which received £4993.85.

The Beauly Community Garden, which provides an inclusive space for people to socialise and keep active growing flowers and vegetables, will use its cash for some vital improvements.

Highland Mindfulness, which provides courses to the community to help improve mental well-being, continued running classes online throughout the pandemic and has helped many people deal with stress, loss and uncertainty.

Homestart, which supports disadvantaged families and young children in their homes, has been a lifeline during the pandemic.

Kate Boyd and Christine Beck, of the Highland Mindfulness Group, receive funding for their group from Neil Morrison and Neil Cameron.
Kate Boyd and Christine Beck, of the Highland Mindfulness Group, receive funding for their group from Neil Morrison and Neil Cameron.

Rosie Williams, member pioneer for Beauly and Muir of Ord Co-op stores, said when customers become members, 2p from every £1 of their spend is donated to the chosen causes.

"We have a really good membership rate in Beauly and Muir so we always raise a good amount," she said.

"We are delighted to have been able to support these three local groups this year.

"Each one has been working extremely hard during the Covid-19 crisis to help people in our community and we hope this funding will help them continue to do so.

"It’s also lovely to be able to share with our customers the vital role they have played in this fundraising and we would like to thank them for their continued support."

Next year’s causes are Beauly Shinty Club, 1st Beauly Rainbows and Muir of Ord Rovers.


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