Central England Co-op donates 50 winter survival packs to help the homeless in Lowestoft

Central England Co-op has donated 50 warm clothing packs to help homeless people in Lowestoft survive the winter weather.

The retailer has linked up with the charity Outreach on the Streets to help those in need during the festive season by providing packs comprising hats and scarves.

The accessories have been bought from Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children, which will therefore also be supported through the donation.

In total, Central England Co-op is donating 200 of the packs to good causes across the communities where it trades, so they can be given to people who find themselves without anywhere to stay over Christmas.

The Society has also been encouraging 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, gloves and scarves will also be given out in Northamptonshire, Derby and Burton through charities who regularly work with disadvantaged people including Outreach in the Streets, Hope Centre and YMCA.

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 Lowestoft.”

 

 

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Picture caption:  Central England Co-op colleagues have linked up with charities to help homeless people this winter.

 

 

 

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.

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 and James Brindle at Central England Co-operative on 01543 421390

 

Email –publicrelations@centralengland.coop