The total raised for good causes via Nisa’s registered charity, Making a Difference Locally, reached the £12 million mark last month.
Since the charity’s formation in 2008, Nisa retailers have supported local causes with more than 14,500 donations, with recipients ranging from food banks to hospices, youth sports teams to community groups.
Making a Difference Locally raises funds from the sale of all Co-op and Heritage own-label products. Additional funds are also generated via in-store collecting tins. In the last 12 months alone, just over £1 million was raised.
Nisa’s head of charity Kate Carroll said: “We are thrilled that our retailers and their customers have helped to raise more than £12 million over the last 12 years for thousands of very deserving charities and good causes across the UK and Ireland.
“The way the charity is funded meant that as own-label sales saw a significant increase at the start of the pandemic, so too did our charity’s income, enabling Nisa partners to provide even more support to their local communities at a time when it was so desperately needed.
“It’s just one of the many ways in which independent retailers add value to their local communities.”