We’ve been selected by the Co-op as one of their local causes for the next year. Money that Co-op members spend in their Cutgate, and Rooley Moor shops, and Rochdale’s three funeral care branches, will be donated back to local causes, including us.

Every time members shop at the Co-op, 2% of what they spend on selected own-brand products and services goes to the Co-op Local Causes Fund. Co-op members in the local community can choose which local cause receives their share. In 2019, £17m went to more than 4,000 local causes, thanks to the Co-op and its members.

Rochdale in Bloom isn’t just about planting beautiful floral displays. It’s about protecting the environment and wildlife that surrounds us, bringing communities together, supporting people in need and our armed forces, fostering pride in our neighbourhoods, and promoting fitness and mental health well-being. We also do the odd litter-pick and put the odd plant in the soil too! We need your support to keep going.

We’re asking everyone to get behind our campaign and support Rochdale in Bloom by making us your Co-op local cause. If you’ve done that already, ask your friends and family if they would also lend a hand. Your support means the world to us.

Those of you who are members of the Co-op can immediately choose us as your local cause by simply signing into your online account at coop.co.uk/local-causes and choosing to back Rochdale in Bloom. We won’t come up as a suggested cause for those who don’t live near to Cutgate/Rooley Moor Road, but there is a search facility so that members can choose us wherever they live.

If you’re not already a member and would like to join, all you need to do is go to coop.co.uk/membership and choose ‘Become a Member’. Then, once you’ve joined, simply select us as your local cause. By doing this, not only will you be donating 2% of your spend at no cost to you, but you’ll also be receive 2% back in an online wallet to spend on future purchases, or donate an additional amount to your chosen local cause.

Roy Down, Rochdale in Bloom Chairman, says: “Coronavirus has hit residents across this great borough of ours. The money that we receive from the Co-op and generosity of its patrons will go towards supporting projects in our local wards. Brightening up areas and hopefully making people smile makes all the hard work worthwhile.”

The Co-op has also announced the national launch of Co-operate – an online community centre, available on co-operate.coop.co.uk/support. It connects vulnerable people to local and national support initiatives, but also to volunteers who are willing to run virtual events such as exercise classes, music groups, or arts & crafts classes for others, across the country.