Leicester-based Co-op distribution team honour NHS with visual tribute

Central England Co-op’s Leicester-based distribution network has come up with a unique way to honour our NHS heroes – with the help of some pallets and social distancing.

The retailer’s three-strong distribution hub, based in Scudamore Road, decided to use pallets normally designed to move food and essentials to stores, two of its vehicles and colleagues to create a visual tribute to front-line health workers who are going above and beyond during the Coronavirus pandemic.

The pallets were used to spell out NHS and a photo was then snapped and shared on social media just in time to mark the weekly 8pm clap in support of health workers and their efforts.

Steve Johnson, who works at the Society’s Chilled Distribution Centre, posted the picture online and said: “We are all proud of the amazing work our NHS is doing and the team here wanted to mark that with a lovely tribute with a distribution influence.”

This comes as Central England Co-op is currently offering a 10% discount for all NHS workers to say thank you for their efforts working on the frontline to help tackle the Coronavirus.

All NHS workers have to do is show their ID card when they visit any of the retailer’s 242 food stores to receive 10% off all food and other essentials.

They will also be able to get priority access to Central England Co-op stores by moving to the front of any external queue when waiting to enter.

People can keep up to date with what is happening in their local community by visiting a dedicated online hub at www.centralengland.coop/updates


Notes to editors

Picture caption: The Central England Co-op distribution team in Leicester pay tribute to the NHS.

About Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK with interests in food, funeral, floral, travel and property investment.


Co-operatives have always been there for their communities; they were formed to protect them and help them flourish. 


Our 7,900 colleagues who serve Members and customers work hard to ensure that co-operative values, principles and spirit flow through everything we do to help support and improve our local communities.


Owned by hundreds of thousands of Members, we have over 430 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. 


We are proud of our reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.


We invest a percentage of our trading profit into local communities through our Community Dividend Fund scheme, have donated over £1.3 million to our corporate charity partner Dementia UK and also operate a pioneering food redistribution partnership with FareShare Midlands so unsold food goes to those in need.


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