Local youngsters join forces with Central England Co-op to fundraise for Dementia UK with football tournament


Young footballers in Lichfield, Burntwood and the surrounding areas are joining forces with Central England Co-op to raise funds for Dementia UK with a seven a side football tournament.

The tournament, which will take place on Sunday, 1 July, will feature under nine and under 10’ teams and is being played at the Burntwood Dragons Coppy Nook playing fields, in Hammerwich, from noon to 4pm. 

Two mini leagues will be running across the afternoon, culminating in a semi-final and then a final, followed by a trophy presentation to the winning teams and medals for all participants.

Local clubs have donated prizes for the raffle, including a stadium tour at Derby County, signed footballs and photographs from West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers, a family ticket for a stadium tour at Burton Albion, and tickets to a Walsall FC match of the winner’s choice.

Arron Billett, Store Manager at Highfields Food Store, in Chasetown, has organised the event. He said: “We wanted to do something that was inclusive and fun for everyone. We have other activities on the day such as an ice cream van, a children’s inflatable assault course and inflatable football darts as well as a raffle with brilliant prizes. All money raised will go to Dementia UK, our corporate charity.

“We are really grateful to everyone for all the effort they have put into the event.  Especially to the clubs who have donated gifts for the raffle and to Burntwood Dragons for letting us use the fields free of charge.”

All funds raised will be added to the total amount of money raised by Central England Co-op for Dementia UK, which will be used to recruit and continue training dementia specialist Admiral Nurses in the Society’s 16 county trading area.

For more information on how an Admiral Nurse can help those living with dementia and their loved ones, find out more at https://www.dementiauk.org/ 


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 / Heather Clapton at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140

Email –publicrelations@centralengland.coop