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Cumbernauld Salvation Army scoops £2,000 from Co-op community fund

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 14:00 GMT on Wednesday, 8th May, 2013.
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THE Cumbernauld division of the Salvation Army have said they are “delighted” to receive £2,000 from the Co-operative’s Community Fund.

The local charity division welcomed the funds, and said that the donation from Co-operative members in Glasgow and Lanarkshire have made a “huge difference” to the local charity’s plans to construct a play park.
Based at Clouden Road, the Cumbernauld division of the Salvation Army pocketed the welcomed funds from the Co-operative’s ‘Community Fund’; a fund which is accumulated by the area’s member customers, opting to donate all or part of their annual dividend to good causes in the area. After all proceeds are collected, the money is then distributed by the Co-operative’s local area committees.
Commenting, David Burns, Divisional Director of Community Services for The Salvation Army in the West of Scotland, described the cash boost as making a “huge difference”.

He said: “Funding is becoming ever harder to secure, therefore we were delighted to hear that we were successful in securing this grant from The Co-operative. The cash has made a huge difference to our group, and it means all the more knowing that the money has been donated by local people.”

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Ken Greenshields, The Co-operative Group’s Membership Officer in Glasgow and Lanarkshire, added: “Supporting local communities has been an inherent part of The Co-operative’s values and principles since the very beginning of the Co-operative Movement.
“We are particularly proud of the Community Fund, as it demonstrates how the generosity of our members can make a real difference in their local area, and now we have stores and branches in every postal area of the UK it makes it all the more relevant.”
Co-operative members receive a payment twice a year based on the points they earn when they trade at any of the Group’s businesses, including The Co-operative Food, Travel, Pharmacy and Funeralcare, as well as The Co-operative Bank, Smile and The Co-operative Insurance.
Awards are allocated by local Co-operative members’ committees, based on a set of values and principles such as social responsibility and caring for others.

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