COMMUNITY groups in Bradford have received £120,000 in support from Co-op’s Local Community Fund.

Co-op members have raised funds to support local projects by simply swiping or scanning their membership card when buying own-brand products and services, with members earning rewards for themselves and for their community too.

Co-op’s Local Community Fund has supported over 36,000 local community projects across the UK since it launched in 2016.

A total of £120,019 is being shared in Bradford and surrounding areas by 39 groups, including Better Lives Bradford NHS Foundation Trust Charity who have received £2,550; Calderdale Lighthouse receiving £2,466 and, Bradford Disability Football Club who benefited with £2,787.  

The funding boost comes at a much-needed time, with research from over 3,000 UK community causes showing more than eight-in-10 (84 per cent) of local groups have seen a jump in demand for their services through the cost-of-living crisis. 

This Christmas, Co-op members and customers will also have the opportunity to provide further support to community causes.

Members can donate their member rewards balance via the Co-op app, and from next week, members and customers alike can also donate in the 2,400 Co-op stores across the country.

Co-op has pledged to match the donations to share the spirit of Christmas with more communities across the UK this year.