Co-operative members in Glasgow and Lanarkshire have helped The Salvation Army in Cumbernauld with a grant of £2,000 towards the cost of play park equipment. The group received the cash boost from The Co-operative’s Community Fund, a pot of money accumulated by member customers opting to donate all or part of their annual dividend to good causes in the area. The money is distributed by The Co-operative’s local area committees. David Burns, Divisional Director of Community Services for The Salvation Army in the West of Scotland, said: “Funding is becoming ever harder to secure, therefore we were delighted to hear that we were successful in securing this grant from The Co-operative. The cash has made a huge difference to our group, and it means all the more knowing that the money has been donated by local people.” Ken Greenshields, The Co-operative Group’s Membership Officer in Glasgow and Lanarkshire, said: “Supporting local communities has been an inherent part of The Co-operative’s values and principles since the very beginning of the Co-operative Movement. “We are particularly proud of the Community Fund, as it demonstrates how the generosity of our members can make a real difference in their local area, and now we have stores and branches in every postal area of the UK it makes it all the more relevant.” Co-operative members receive a payment twice a year based on the points they earn when they trade at any of the Group’s businesses, including The Co-operative Food, Travel, Pharmacy and Funeralcare, as well as The Co-operative Bank, Smile and The Co-operative Insurance. Awards are allocated by local Co-operative members’ committees, based on a set of values and principles such as social responsibility and caring for others.