Co-op customers in Stornoway have helped raise more than £12,000 for cystic fibrosis
charity The Leanne Fund.
As the foremost cystic fibrosis (CF) charity in Scotland, The Leanne Fund works with
individuals affected by CF and their families across the Highlands, Islands and Grampian
to provide vital social, practical, emotional and financial assistance.
The Co-op’s Local Community Fund has allowed Co-op members to support the charity
while doing the weekly shop with 1% of spend on Co-op branded products going to the
charity along with money raised from carrier bag sales.
The Leanne Fund will use the cash to fund a new service – ‘On the Move’ – a programme
to support young people with CF who are moving away to College or University or setting
up home independently for the first time.
Chrisetta Mitchell, development manager for The Leanne Fund said: “We are so grateful
to the Co-op and its Members who have raised such a phenomenal amount of money which
will make such a difference to the lives of young people with CF.
The On the Move scheme aims to help young people when they are moving out of home
by providing essential items such as a fridge for storing medicine, help with heating
costs and a mentor/befriending service.
Mrs Mitchell said: “Moving away to College or University or setting up home for the
first time can be really exciting but it can also be extremely stressful and worrying
as new social relationships have to be built up. These are inevitably constrained
by the nature of the illness and the need to protect against infection.”
The Co-op Community Fund shared out more than £38,000 with assistance also going
to the Western Isles Association for Mental Health and the Bridge Community Centre.
Chrisetta Mitchell of the Leanne Fund with Co-op bosses