Central England Co-op donates 50 winter survival packs to help the homeless in Burton
Central England Co-op has donated 50 warm clothing packs to help homeless people in Burton survive the winter weather.
The retailer has linked up with charity Burton and District YMCA to help those in need during the festive season by providing packs made up of hats and scarves.
The accessories have been bought from Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children, which will also be supported through the donation.
In total, the retailer is donating 200 packs to good causes across its trading estate, so they can be given to people who find themselves without shelter over Christmas.
The Society has also been campaigning to encourage its customers and members to donate to local food banks in the run up to Christmas and to actively support those in the most need at this time of year.
The packs of hats and gloves will also be given out in Northamptonshire, Derby and Lowestoft through charities who regularly work with disadvantaged people including Accommodation Concern, Hope Centre and Outreach in the Streets.
Hannah Gallimore, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Central England Co-op, said: “These items will go some way to helping homeless people survive the winter months in and around Burton.”
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Picture caption: Connie Wan-Docksey, from Burton YMCA, with Central England Co-op colleague Yvonne Adams at Branston Food Store with the 50 winter warm clothing packs for the homeless.
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, travel shops, 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 2019.
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.
For more information visit www.centralengland.coop, follow Central England Co-operative on Twitter: @mycoopfood, and on Facebook: facebook.com/centralenglandcooperative
Rob Smyth and James Brindle at Central England Co-operative on 01543 421390