THREE good causes in Renfrewshire have been handed a funding boost thanks to Co-op customers.

More than £10,000 was given collectively to the beneficiaries at a celebration day held at the Bishopton branch last month. 

Individually, £3,765 went to Bishopton Football Club, while Erskine-based Bridgewater Housing Association was given £3,009.

EBI Unites, a group of volunteer organisations working together to deliver support services to those in need in Erskine, Bishopton and Inchinnan, received £3,811.

Stewart Freeman, store manager, told The Gazette: “We are delighted to be able to support another three local groups to make a difference within the local community.”

The money was generated through customers’ membership cards. When customers become a Co-op member, they can choose a local cause to support through their membership. As they spend on Co-op products and services, they also contribute to the chosen cause.

For every £1 spent on selected products and services by Co-op members, 2p goes into their membership account, with the company donating the same amount to community organisations.

Allison Devine, the supermarket’s member pioneer for Erskine and Bishopton, added: “The celebration day was amazing. I’m so proud to be able to make a difference in the local community.”