PEOPLE living with muscular conditions and chronic fatigue in Tewkesbury are set to get creative after receiving a £250 grant from The Midcounties Co-operative to fund the purchase of sewing and knitting materials.

The donation will enable Fibro Guys and Gals, a support group helping people living with similar conditions interact with one another, to host creative sessions which will see members make items which can be sold to help raise further funds for the group.

Founded in 2012, the organisation arranges regular meetings for those living with fibromyalgia, myalgic encephalopathy and chronic fatigue syndrome, helping members to form bonds with one another. It meets on the first Monday of the month (excluding Bank Holidays) at Northway's Village Hall from noon until 2.30 pm.

The provision of grants is a key part of the The Midcounties Co-operative’s ‘Regional Communities’ strategy, which sees members and colleagues come together to provide impactful and sustainable support for local community groups through various volunteering and fundraising initiatives.

The grant has been issued following a successful application to The Midcounties Co-operative’s Community Fund, and forms part of a total of £183,388 awarded to worthy recipients throughout the Society’s trading areas.

Matt Windridge, Leadership Team Ambassador at The Midcounties Co-operative in Cheltenham, said: “As a co-operative, we’re always looking to make a positive impact on our community, and this grant will play a vital role in supporting Fibro Guys and Gals’ creative sessions.

“This funding is part of our Regional Communities strategy, which is our commitment to supporting local organisations and charities, helping us to make a meaningful difference to good causes throughout Cheltenham.”