Central England Co-op store gives hospital workers boost with donation of goodies for rest room

Retail Heroes at Central England Co-op in Ibstock have shown their community spirit by putting together special donations to support NHS colleagues at a nearby hospital.

The team at the retailer’s food store in Ashby Road responded to a social media call from the team on Ward 1 at Coalville Community Hospital for donations to their ‘wobble room’ where staff on the unit are able to take a breather away from the frontline if it gets too much.

Team Leader at the Ashby Road Central England Co-op, Julie Marlow, spotted the post and organised for some goodies to be sent over to help boost morale during these testing times.

Julie said: “We are aware of the great work the team do at Coalville Hospital. Many of their patients have dementia and with Central England Co-op’s ongoing support for Dementia UK as our charity partner we have worked with the ward before.

“The wobble room is really important for staff there and it is great for us to be able to give them some treats, particularly at the moment. We put a hamper together and I also do chocolate bouquets, so I gave them one of those as well.

“It’s lovely to see how grateful the staff have been for the donation. We all have to stick together at a time like this and it is nice to help where we can and support such an important part of our community.”

Central England Co-op has given its support to the lifesaving NHS heroes by rolling out a 10% discount to all NHS workers to say thank you for their efforts working on the frontline to help tackle the Coronavirus.

All NHS workers have to do is show their ID card when they visit any of the retailer’s 242 food stores to receive 10% off all food and other essentials.

They will also be able to get priority access to Central England Co-op stores by moving to the front of any external queue when waiting to enter.

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



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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 serving our 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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