A KARATE club is now benefiting from new kit and equipment thanks to a £500 donation from the Co-operative’s Community Fund.

Sho Shin Kai Karate in Trimdon Village is one of a number of community causes and organisations to benefit from the fund, which is accumulated by Co-operative members donating all or part of their annual dividend.

George Rooney, of Sho Shin Kai Karate, said: “Funding is becoming ever harder to secure, therefore we were delighted to hear that we were successful in securing this grant from The Co-operative.

“The cash will make a huge difference to our group, and it means all the more knowing that the money has been donated by local people.”

John Sims, chair of the Co-operative’s Durham area committee, said: “Supporting local communities has been an inherent part of The Co-operative’s values and principles since the very beginning of the Co-operative Movement.

“We are particularly proud of the community fund, as it demonstrates how the generosity of our members can make a real difference in their local area.”

Anyone who would like to apply for a community fund grant should call 0844-262-4001 or download an application form online at co-operative.coop/communityfund