Rothesay Academy makes waves with Co-op cash

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Rothesay Academy has been awarded £500 from The Co-operative’s Community Fund, towards the cost of five-day voyage for some of the school’s pupils with the Ocean Youth Trust.

The Community Fund, first established 15 years ago, is created by members of The Co-operative Group who elect to donate all, or part, of their twice-yearly dividend payments directly to the scheme. The funds are then shared with local community projects and groups across the country.

Ailsa Cassidy, of Rothesay Academy, said: “We are thrilled with the generous grant we have received from The Co-operative, which will help us towards the cost of a residential trip for local youngsters.”

Liz Armstrong, the Co-operative’s membership officer for western Scotland, said: “Because our members own the business, they get a share in any of the profits we make. It’s a scheme we’re very proud of, not only because it gives us the chance to thank members for shopping with us, but because so many people choose to give something back to local communities.

“There is over £300,000 available in Scotland each year from the Community Fund, and we welcome applications from local groups and projects for £100 to £2,000.”