Co-op shoppers helped charities via Local Community Fund

The Route 81 team were delighted with the award

Two charities have shared over £6,000 thanks to the Co-op store in Rosneath.

The retail chain’s Local Community Fund has raised the money for Garelochhead and Rosneath Peninsula First Responders and Route 81 Youth Project, with 1% of Co-op members’ shopping bills going to them.

This is the second time that the first responders have benefited from the fund

A spokesperson for the first responders said: “Thank you very much to the Co-op in Rosneath and all its customers for the brilliant donation of £3,271.05.

“The money will mean we can purchase more public access defibrillators for the Peninsula and make sure we have the very best training equipment.”

This is the second boost for the first responders from this fund – earlier this year they received £2,865.38.

Route 81 Youth Project, based in Garelochhead, received £3184.8 – this means the group’s initial goal of a new games console for the youth hub is now attainable.

Michelle Macdonald said the money would make a ‘huge difference’: “When told how much had been raised the young people were overwhelmed!

“Mason, aged 15, is now currently developing a music project and planning to offer local young people the opportunity to participate in diversionary activities including ‘jamming sessions’.

“The young people and the Team at Route 81 are extremely grateful to everyone who has contributed in so many ways at the Co-op in Rosneath and our thanks go out to you all.

“With busy drop-in sessions and a need for trained youth workers, the funds will also contribute to the running costs of ensuring Route 81 can continue to maintain a reliable and supportive service investing in local young people.”

Route 81 has a membership of 179 local young people – activities include two drop-in sessions every week and a volunteer scheme.

Local charities in line to benefit from the round of the Local Community Fund include:

  • Rosneath Peninsula West Community Development Trust, which aims to tarmac the paths in Craigrownie Park
  • St Modan’s Parish for a social inclusion project including after-school clubs and family activities
  • Cove Park, which is providing creative workshops for older people
  • Parklands Special School in Helensburgh, which wants to buy and access resources for its pupils
  • Helensburgh & Lomond Autism, which wants to provide activities such as short breaks away for families affected by autism
  • The Tower Digital Arts Centre in Helensburgh, which is planning a media library with vinyl and digital archives

    ‘Local’ causes are automatically selected unless customers choose their own charity.

It is important to register on the website and choose your local cause – otherwise a cause which is within five miles will be chosen automatically.