Central England Co-op Colleagues Make Half Marathon a Family Affair to Boost Funding to Dementia UK

Three Central England Co-operative colleagues from the same family are set to swap their uniforms for running kits as they get ready to take on a half marathon to raise money for Dementia UK.

Craig Stafford, who works as a Store Manager at the Central England Co-operative Food Store in Eye, Peterborough is running in the Rutland Half Marathon on Sunday, 16 September alongside his son, Troy-Lee, aged 21 and daughter Daisy-May, aged 17. Troy-Lee has worked for Central England Co-operative since he was 16 and is a Team Leader at the Knightthorpe Road store in Loughborough. Daisy-May has worked for the Society since last year as a Customer Services Assistant at the Oakham Supermarket.

Forty-five-year-old Craig hopes to raise funds for Dementia UK, to help fund Admiral Nurses to help families affected by dementia. Craig completed the London Marathon in 2010 for the Alzheimer’s Society, and completed the Rutland Half Marathon two years ago with Troy-Lee. Daisy-May will be running a half marathon for the first time.

Craig said: “We have chosen this charity as it's one that is meaningful to our family for personal reasons. My dad was unlucky and started to have problems with Alzheimer's at 48. By the age of 52 it had completely taken over him. He passed away in 2012 at the age of 65. My children didn’t know their granddad without Alzheimer’s, but they were brilliant with him.

“When things get difficult, Admiral Nurses, which are provided by Dementia UK, work alongside the whole family, giving them support as well as expert guidance, and practical solutions to help them live as normal a life as they possibly can.”

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 the past 12 months 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.

Over £300,000 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 ongoing staffing of the free Dementia Helpline.

Anyone who would like to support Craig and his family in fundraising for this worthy cause can do so by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/craig-stafford?utm_campaign=pfp-tweet&utm_content=craig-stafford&utm_medium=fundraisingpage&utm_source=Twitter&utm_term=baVq23PJM


Notes to editors

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