Easter treats handed out to 80 youngsters in Burton thanks to Central England Co-op donation
Eighty youngsters in Burton will have smiles on their faces this Easter following a kind donation from Central England Co-op.
The Society was approached by Eileen Banton and support organisation East Staffordshire Family Support, based in Horninglow Road, to step in and help young parents and their children by providing Easter eggs for those who might otherwise have missed out on a treat.
Central England Co-op’s Western Membership and Community Council jumped at the chance to help out and awarded funding so that 80 chocolate eggs could be donated to those in need this Easter.
Ian North, from East Staffordshire Family Support, said: “I am extremely humbled by the generosity of Central England Co Op.”
Eileen Banton, a close supporter of the charity, said: “This will make such a big difference to the children who will be receiving these Easter Eggs. I met James through my previous role and he has been so positive and is obviously passionate about supporting those in the community that need us. A huge thank you.”
East Staffordshire Family Support Service provides whole family support to any East Staffordshire family with children aged between 0-19 years.
This includes one-one home-based support and interactive peer groups, promoting positive parenting and support for the whole family.
The funds for the Easter treat were green-lit by the Western Membership and Community Council, which 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.
James Knight, Member and Community Relations Officer for Central England Co-op, 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 has been able to step in support the Harvey girls.
“The organisation does great work across East Staffordshire and we were so pleased to bring smiles to the faces of youngsters this Easter who otherwise might not have had a treat at this time of year.”
Any family that feel they require support or for more information on East Staffordshire Family Support should visit www.eaststaffordshirefamilysupport.co.uk or contact the service on 01283 533449.
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Picture caption: James Knight and Derek Guy, from Central England Co-op donating 80 Easter eggs to Jane Wall and Kate Wood, from Harvey Girls.
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.
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