Central England Co-op to help fund much needed dementia nurses across trading area

These vital funds will be used by Dementia UK to fund desperately needed dementia specialist Admiral Nurses across Central England Co-op’s 16 county trading area. Admiral Nurses help those living with dementia and their loved ones with advice, support and information, either through one to one sessions or through the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline.

The money will be used to recruit nine new Admiral Nurses, as well as providing on-going professional development for those already in post. The remainder of the donation will be put towards the Helpline, which has experienced a dramatic increase in calls for help as diagnosis rates rise.

By 2020, the amount of people living with dementia in Central England Co-op’s trading area will be standing at Bedfordshire 6,700, Cambridgeshire 10,335, Derbyshire 12,000, Leicestershire 10,767, Lincolnshire 13,236, Norfolk 17,030, Northamptonshire 9,755, Nottinghamshire 12,634, Rutland 758, South Yorkshire 18,728, Staffordshire 14,308, Suffolk 13,746, Warwickshire 9,204, West Midlands 35,472, West Yorkshire 28,298, and Worcestershire 10,178.

Co-op colleagues, customers and members are also organising fundraising events for Dementia UK, including Dementia UK’s Time for a Cuppa campaign, raffles, football competitions, and even a wing walk. The addition of carrier bag levy funding will be a great boost to the total already achieved for the charity, which currently stands at £211,000.

Martyn Cheatle, CEO of Central England Co-op said: “Dementia is an increasing issue in the UK, and support services are under strain.

“Our carrier bag levy fund has previously been used to install public access defibrillators on our buildings, and now this has been completed, we are donating a large proportion of the remainder to Dementia UK for more Admiral Nurses, and to support the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline. 

“The work they do is vital, and these funds will be able to help further recruitment.”

Dr Hilda Hayo, Chief Executive and Chief Admiral Nurse said: “We are so grateful to Central England Co-op for their generosity and support. These funds will help us significantly expand our local Admiral Nursing presence, as well as ensuring our Helpline can support more family carers in crisis than ever before. It is going to have a hugely positive impact on the charity and the families we support.”  

For ideas on how to raise money for Dementia UK see https://www.dementiauk.org/ 


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 / Heather Clapton at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140

Email –publicrelations@centralengland.coop