THREE Carrick groups have been given major backing to boost their work thanks to the efforts of the Co-op family.

The organisations were delighted to receive cheques recently from Alastair Travers, Manager of the Co-op in Maybole, and Jim Cuthbert of Co-op Funeralcare.

Cheques totalling £10,587 were handed over to Carrick Rural Arts Group (£3,367)

Also benefitting were Girvan and South Ayrshire Community First Responders £3,673) and Gardenrose Primary (£3,547).

The funds were made available through the Co-op members’ pay out for local causes.

The Co op donates 1% of members’ spending on own brand products and services to the fund, which supports local projects.

And members can nominate a local cause to receive their 1%.