Central England Co-op donates £2,000 to help two good causes in Derbyshire and Nottingham support people in need

Two organisations working around the clock to ensure people in need have access to vital food and essentials have shared £2,000 in funding from Central England Co-op.

Derbyshire-based Salcare and Hope Nottingham have each been handed £1,000 by Central England Co-op’s Northern Membership and Community Council (MCC) to support ongoing work to help vulnerable families across the area.

The money will be spent to buy much-needed food supplies, which will be used to create emergency food parcels for those impacted by the Coronavirus.

Tanya Noon, Member and Community Relations Officer at Central England Co-op, said: “We work with some fantastic charity partners all year round but now, more than ever, we are keen to step in and help them support people in need.

“The MCC were quick to sign off this donation so the funds could be used quickly and ensure that food and vital supplies end up with vulnerable people as soon as possible.

“We are proud of our role as a community retailer and ensuring that we are the heart of helping to tackle problems and supporting those who need us the most during these uncertain times.”

The retailer has also been working with other food banks and causes during lockdown with its urgent food bank appeal collecting in over 75,000 items in a matter of weeks.

David Howe, from Salcare, said: “The recent gift of £1,000 from Central England Co-operative has helped Salcare to provide food parcels for local people in Amber Valley.

“We are providing up to 140 food parcels a week on the two days that we currently open.

“It is a great pressure lifted for us all at Salcare, to be able to keep our food bank going as we are constantly running out of food.”

Anyone who would like to support the work of Salcare can do so by visiting www.salcare.org.uk/

People can keep up to date with what is happening in their local community by visiting a dedicated online hub at www.centralengland.coop/updates

 

 

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 with interests in food, funeral, floral, travel and property investment.

 

Co-operatives have always been there for their communities; they were formed to protect them and help them flourish. 

 

Our 7,900 colleagues who serve Members and customers work hard to ensure that co-operative values, principles and spirit flow through everything we do to help support and improve our local communities.

 

Owned by hundreds of thousands of Members, we have over 430 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. 

 

We are proud of our reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.

 

We invest a percentage of our trading profit into local communities through our Community Dividend Fund scheme, have donated over £1.3 million to our corporate charity partner Dementia UK and also operate a pioneering food redistribution partnership with FareShare Midlands so unsold food goes to those in need.

 

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