Bears net Co-op funding

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Dan Dunscombe and Coryn Maiden from the Co-op in Henley handed over funds to the Bears Wheelchair basketball team, featuring captain Aimee Hillson. Photo: Mark Williamson. (H66/11/17/7372)

A JUNIOR section is to be set up by Warwickshire Bears Basketball Club after it was handed a share of £1,972 from a community fund collected by the Co-op on Henley High Street.

Also getting a share of the fund is The Hub@Henley, which will use its £2,055 to pay for its six, weekly youth club sessions, while Northleigh School in Hatton, a school for children overcoming the effects of bullying, was given £1,873, which it will add to its Pupil Bursary Fund.

Currently prospective students have to be evaluated by child welfare experts to see if they are eligible for funding from the council to finance a position at our school. The evaluation process can take weeks, if not months, and the fund pays for them to start straight away.

Every time Co-op customers with a membership card buy a Co-op-branded item in store they get five per cent back, and a further one per cent goes into a community fund. And twice a year they get to nominate three charities or local organisations to share the pot that has built up.

Tom Masterson, who runs Warwickshire Bears, said the club would use its money to buy a wheelchair that is suitable for young people to use, as part of efforts to recruit enough players to establish under 16 and under 19 teams. Each chair costs around £1,500.

Free junior training sessions already take place every Saturday, from 1pm to 4pm, at Henley Sports Centre. They are open to anyone.