It may only be July, but thoughts are turning to Christmas at Market Rasen’s Co-op store for their latest Community Champions.
Market Rasen Children’s Christmas Tree Fund and the local branch of the Children’s Society will be helped by shoppers between now and September 6.
Every time a member shops at the store using their dividend card, the Co-op will make a donation to the current Community Champions.
“Our thanks are due to The Lincolnshire Co-operative Society for their initiative,” said Ron Myland, chairman of the Christmas Tree Fund.
“As you would expect, we encourage everyone to shop at the Market Rasen store and make it a bumper donation to the joint community Champions.”
The designated Champions are changed every quarter and previous beneficiaries of the scheme have included Market Rasen Scout Group, Market Rasen Station Adoption Group, Bishop Norton Village Hall and West Rasen Heritage Centre.
“We are delighted to continue to support local groups,” said Helen Martin, the Co-ops community liaison representative.
“And the more we are supported, the more can go to these local charities and good causes - that has got to be a good thing.”
Mal Jones, co-ordinator of the St Thomas’s Church Children’s Society, said: “The Children’s Society is very grateful to Lincoln Co-operative for the support it has given over many years in supplying oranges for the annual Christingle Service, which takes place in the Parish Church on Advent Sunday.
“The Society is very pleased that this support is continuing now through the Community Champions Scheme and says a very big ‘thank you’ to all those who are contributing to this support through the scheme.”
And the Christmas Tree Fund, which has been an uninterrupted part of the Market Rasen Christmas scene since 1951, has also been supported previously by the Co-op.
“The Fund is supported by many local people and organisations in recent years has been very grateful to receive a gift of a Christmas tree from a local businessman,” said secretary Geoff Hill.
“The children also receive the gift of an apple and an orange; it is the oranges that in the past have been kindly donated by the Co-op.”
To find out how your group can become a Community Champion, apply in store or visit the Your Community area at lincolnshire.coop