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The Haven Blantyre shortlisted to win a share of £25k Scotmid Funding

We are delighted to announce that our Blantyre centre has been shortlisted to receive a share of £25,000 as part of Scotmid Scotmid Community Connect Shortlist AnnouncementCo-operative’s Community Connect initiative which supports some of Scotland’s most valued community projects.

We are now asking for the support of the local community to vote for us to receive the top prize of £15,000. Strathcarron Hospice and Ronald Macdonald House are also in the running for funds and alongside the top prize, two £5,000 investments will be made to the runners up.

Scotmid customers in and around Blantyre can cast their vote in-store but must be a member of the Co-operative to do so. Members events in September and October will also provide an opportunity to vote, with the winner announced soon after.

Since Community Connect launched two years ago, 27 good cause groups have benefited from £230,000 funding. The funds come solely from the sale of single-use carrier bags and aim to help charities, community projects and good cause groups across Scotland to keep their doors open and continue the valuable work they do within communities.

John Brodie, Chief Executive of Scotmid, said: “We are passionate about supporting local causes which are close to the hearts and minds of our members, customers and staff and are thrilled to have such worthy causes nominated to receive our latest round of Community Connect funding. We know how much those who work for these charities go above and beyond every single day for the benefit of their service users and local communities and this should be celebrated.

“We wish The Haven the very best of luck and hope that the local community can get behind them and cast their votes so that the funds can go some way towards helping them bring worthwhile projects to life.”

It is hoped that the Community Connect funding will help to refurbish and revitalise rooms within our centre to meet increasing demand.

Our work is completely reliant on donations and in-kind support, so to receive funding from Scotmid’s Community Connect initiative would enable us to ensure our services continue to meet demand so that we can continue to support those who rely on our service each year. We’d love it if those throughout the community could lend their support to our cause and cast their vote for us in their local Scotmid store!

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