GROUPS across the Keighley district are celebrating cash support from the Co-op.

Several organisations have received donations courtesy of the retailer's Local Community Fund.

Through the scheme, money is donated to chosen good causes when Co-op members buy certain own-brand products and services.

Since the initiative was launched in 2016, £125 million has been distributed to charities.

More than 36,000 organisations and projects have benefited.

Latest recipients include Airedale Hospital and Community Charity, which has been awarded £8,681.

It was supported by the Co-op stores at Steeton, Silsden, Cross Hills and Gargrave, and a Co-op Funeralcare branch in Skipton.

The charity will use the funds to provide wellbeing spaces, equipment and other items to benefit patients and staff at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.

Jodie Hearnshaw, the charity's manager, says: "We’ve been incredibly proud to work with the Co-op this year, and being a part of the fund has given us the opportunity to connect with our community in so many ways, especially through people's everyday shopping.

"I want to thank every Co-op member who chose us as their charity, and the stores that have continuously supported us and helped raise such an incredible amount for our cause."

Other beneficiaries include Independent Domestic Abuse Services – which has received £6,971 to provide essential items for families needing to set up in a safe home – and Friends of Silsden's Green Places, which was awarded just over £6,000. The Friends have provided 70 hanging baskets and carried out improvements to areas including the town's memorial gardens.

Denholme Luncheon Club received £5,745, and the 14th Keighley (Haworth) Scout Group  £4,833.

Rebecca Birkbeck, director of community and member participation at the Co-op, says: "We’re really proud of our Local Community Fund and the impact it’s had supporting thousands of local causes across the UK.

"These groups deliver incredible grassroots projects, enabling them to provide important services, support and activities.

"The funding boost comes at a much-needed time, with research from over 3,000 UK local community causes showing that more than 80 per cent of groups have seen a jump in demand for their services.  "This Christmas, Co-op members and customers will also have the opportunity to give the gift of community spirit and provide further vital support to causes.

"Members can donate their rewards balance via the Co-op app, and will also be able to donate in stores.

"We have pledged to match the donations."