Central England Co-op’s ‘egg-cellent’ donation will help to provide an Easter surprise for disadvantaged children in Burton

Central England Co-op has teamed up with the Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) to help provide some Easter joy to disadvantaged children in the town.

The Society was approached by BACT to support its Easter campaign which aims to give some of the disadvantaged children they work with who may ordinarily miss out on a treat something to bring a smile to their face this Easter.

Central England Co-op’s Western Membership and Community Council jumped at the chance to help out and awarded funding so that 72 chocolate eggs could be donated.

James Knight, Member and Community Relations Officer at Central England Co-op, said the council was more than happy to support BACT’s campaign.

He said: “The Co-operative has a long tradition of giving back to the community, and we welcome the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives and education of local people.

“It is really important to have strong links with the local community and I am proud the Western Membership and Community Council have been able to step in and support the BACT with this really great campaign.

“BACT does great work across East Staffordshire and we were so pleased to support them to bring smiles to the faces of youngsters this Easter who otherwise might not have had a treat at this time of year.”

Burton Albion Community Trust (BACT) is a registered charity and looks to make a difference to its local communities through the power of sport and through its close links with Burton Albion Football Club.

Lee Milligan, Events and Partnerships Officer for BACT, said: “This donation from Central England Co-op’s Western MCC is wonderful; the amount of eggs they have donated will go a really long way in giving some Easter joy to young children who would not have received an egg this year.

“Central England Co-op has supported us in our community efforts for many years, and we thank them for the ongoing support and look forward to working with them on more community events this year, and in years to come.”

The Western Membership and Community Council is made up of Co-op members who are passionate about their community and want to make a difference within it. Each council is given funding and support by the Society to organise activities and events.

People can find out more about the work of the MCC by visiting https://www.members.coop/

 

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, 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