More than £159,000 has been raised for environmental causes across the county via Lincolnshire Co-op’s ‘Community Champions’ scheme.
Several groups received a share of the total, including Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Lincolnshire Rivers Trust, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust, the Boultham Park project in Lincoln and more.
The funds will help bolster the groups’ projects as they care for and develop green spaces in their communities.
Since it was launched in 2013, Community Champions has helped hundreds of local charities and community groups each year raising amounts from £200 to over £200,000.
More than 171,000 members raised the total by shopping in Lincolnshire Co-op stores throughout summer. A donation was made each time a member used their dividend card.
Funds were collected from donation boxes in outlets and more was raised thanks to Lincolnshire Co-op colleagues who organised fundraising events.
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is a voluntary charitable organisation which cares for the county’s wildlife and landscape. More than £29,000 was raised for the charity by Lincolnshire Co-op members and colleagues.
“This funding will enable Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust to undertake vital nature conservation work across the county which will benefit people and wildlife,” said Chief Executive Paul Learoyd.