Central England Co-op Travel collects donations for Bedford Children’s Ward, in Santa’s Suitcase appeal

Central England Co-operative Travel is collecting donations of items for children this Christmas, for the Bedford Hospital Children’s Ward.

The store in Bedford will be collecting donations from now until the 17 December, and is requesting sensory toys such as those with lights or music for young children and games, toiletries and other items suitable for older children. Soft toys are not required.

Kevin Arnold, Branch Manager at the Bedford Travel Branch said: “We chose this charity as through no fault of their own, children and families can experience difficult times.”

The Santa’s Suitcase initiative has been a great success for the Society, and each Central England Co-operative Travel store chooses the charity that it collects for and donates to.  

If you would like to help by donating any of the items needed, please do go into the Central England Co-operative Travel Branch at Beales Department Store    5A Harpur Street, Bedford MK40 1PE and speak to the team. The closing date for donations is 5pm on 17 December 2018.

 

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 at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140

Email – publicrelations@centralengland.coop



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