Disabled sports team to benefit from supermarket donation

From Left: Tracey Coleman, Graham Storey, Ashleigh Coleman, Lou Horner, Darren Hunter - CFS Coach, N

From Left: Tracey Coleman, Graham Storey, Ashleigh Coleman, Lou Horner, Darren Hunter - CFS Coach, Neil Vincent. Picture: Jason Bye t - Credit: Jason Bye

A disabled sports club is among many charities across Norwich which are to benefit from donations from a local supermarket.

The Co-op has donated £60,000 to charities and good causes across Norwich as a result of its Membership Scheme that was launched last September.

One of the charities receiving funding is Norwich City Powerchair FC, which has received over £3,700.

The club provides opportunities for disabled children and adults to participate in sport.

Mike Coleman, 24, player and secretary of the club, said: 'This funding is really good as it allows the team to go away and play in tournaments.'

A Powerchair team consists of eight players who play four-a-side with unlimited substitutions. A standard Powerchair electric wheelchair can cost over £5,000.

'We play in specialist wheelchairs so this funding allows us to buy more and look after the ones we already have.' He added.

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'The best thing about the squad is being able to come together and being part of a team.'

Vice chairman of the club Tracy Coleman said: 'If we didn't provide these facilities people probably wouldn't be able to take part in any other sports as they have severe disabilities.

'The money donated through the Co-op's membership scheme means we will be able to continue our good work at the City Academy.'

The total of £60,000 is to be shared between 42 charities across the region. The scheme works through 1pc of the price of an own-brand going to good causes when a Co-op member buys it.

Combined with the sale of 5p plastic bags this has resulted in the £60,000 pay out in Norwich as part of £9m raised nationally, which is to be shared among 4,000 good causes.

Chief of membership office Rufua Olins said: 'The Co-op has always been community focussed. The original Rochdale Pioneers were motivated by the need to improve the living conditions of those within their local community and they also understood that values were just as important as value.

'By listening to our members we are able to identify what communities care most about and then offer support that really makes a difference and by working with and supporting local good causes great things are happening.'