Central England Co-op colleague put his racing shoes on to raise money for Dementia UK

A Central England Co-operative colleague from North Wingfield has put his passion for running to good use by raising money for Dementia UK.

Christopher Hopkinson, who works as a Duty Manager at the Central England Co-operative Food Store, in North Wingfield, Chesterfield, chose to spend his twenty-fifth birthday running in the Chesterfield Half Marathon to help those affected by dementia.

Christopher, who has worked for Central England Co-operative for just over six years, said: “A colleague who knew I enjoyed running suggested I use my interest to help others and give added meaning to something I already enjoy. The Chesterfield Half Marathon was the second race I have run to raise money for Dementia UK. I also ran the Hardwick 10k in July where colleagues, customers and friends supported me in raising almost £500 for the charity. In total, I have so far donated almost £700. Thank you to everybody who has supported me and the charity so far.”

When things get difficult, Admiral Nurses, which are provided by Dementia UK, work alongside families, giving them support as well as expert guidance, and practical solutions to help them live as normal a life as they possibly can. Christopher hopes to raise more money for the charity in future. He will be taking part in Chesterfield half marathon once again on the 20 October 2019.

Central England Co-operative is delighted to get behind colleagues who are prepared to go the extra mile for charities and communities. The Society has been supporting Dementia UK for over a year and during that time colleagues across the region have done everything from jumping out of planes and undertaking gruelling feats of endurance to holding cake sales and organising village fetes to raise vital funds for the good cause.

Almost £339,000 has been handed over in the form of donations, with a further £516,000 from money raised by Central England Co-op via the 5p carrier bag levy.

The money has been used to help pay for the creation of nine specialist Admiral Nurses, additional vital training and the on-going staffing of the free Dementia Helpline.

Anyone who would like to support Christopher in fundraising for this worthy cause can do so by visiting the North Wingfield store to make a donation. Donations can also be made by buying a Dementia UK badge in store or donating via a collection tin in any Central England Co-operative.


Notes to editors

Photos captions: Christopher Hopkinson from North Wingfield Central England Co-operative completes the Chesterfield Half Marathon for Dementia UK.

About Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. 

It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, and property investment.

Central England Co-operative has over 400 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.  The Society has an ambitious food store development programme for 2018.

Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence.  The Society supports a number of charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.

Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing members@centralengland.coop or visiting https://www.members.coop

For more information visit www.centralengland.coop, follow Central England Co-operative on Twitter: @mycoopfood, and on Facebook: facebook.com/centralenglandcooperative

Rob Smyth at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140

Email – publicrelations@centralengland.coop