Co-op Travel collects hundreds of toys and vital food items for the Salvation Army in Cambridgeshire

Central England Co-operative Travel has provided a festive boost to the Salvation Army in Cambridgeshire by collecting hundreds of items of food and toys.

The store in Wisbech handed over the donations to help people who are struggling as part of its annual Santa’s Suitcase appeal.

Kelly Hunt, acting Branch Manager at the Wisbech Travel Branch, said: “We chose this charity again because we know the items go to deserving local families in need of the support at Christmas.

“The Salvation Army is a very worthwhile charity that we have supported for many years. We now have strong links between us and the local branch. The great thing is it is a local charity so we know it goes to local families.”

The 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. 


Notes to editors

Picture caption: Mandy Semper and Kelly Hunt, from Central England Co-op Travel, handing over the donations to Salvation Army Captain Paul Cooper.

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 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.