CUSTOMERS and staff of the Co-op collected almost £8,000 for charities and community groups.

They had a presentation ceremony in the Mauchline store with representatives of the beneficiaries.

Manager Stacy Morrison was joined at the event by Gillian Patrick and Christie Murdoch from Co-op Funeralcare in Cumnock.

A total of £7919.74 was donated to four organisations in the area.

Pictured, from top left going clockwise, are all the recipients as they say thanks; Auchinleck and Cumnock Concert Band; 34th / 1st Ayrshire Scouts; and Roberta and Alex Baird from Ochiltree Community Hub.

The Co-op Community Fund is a nationwide scheme in which one per cent of customers’ purchases funds community projects where they live ­— more than £20m has been raised since 2016.