Magic and much, much more as charity community fun day comes to Ripley Central England Co-op

Central England Co-op’s Ripley Supermarket will be hosting a free community fun day for all the family next week with a magic show and face painting among the entertainment on offer.

The event will help raise money for Dementia UK, as well as offering a range of fun activities for all ages, as colleagues at the Derby Road supermarket open their doors to the local community.

Among the attractions will be a ‘Happy Wacky Magic Show’, face painting, colouring competition, food and drink tastings, health checks and the chance to win a luxury hamper in a charity raffle.

Store colleagues will also be joined by colleagues from Central England Co-op Funeralcare who will be promoting their services and offering advice and guidance.

The community fun day takes place on Tuesday, 3 September from 10am and 2pm at the Derby Road supermarket and entry is free.

Nathan Burrows, Store Manager, said he and his colleagues were looking forward to putting on a fun day for local families.

He said: “Here at Derby Road supermarket we are proud to be part of a fantastic community in Ripley and are delighted to have this opportunity to put on a fun day for all ages, particularly to provide a bit of a late summer holiday treat before children head back to school.

“As a store we also welcome any opportunity to support Dementia UK which does such wonderful work for families affected by dementia and we aim to raise as much money as we can through this event.

“I hope as many locals as possible come down and enjoy the day and I look forward to seeing customers old and new having a great time for a great cause.”

Central England Co-operative has been supporting Dementia UK since 2017 and so far, the Society has donated over £1 million to the charity. The money has been used to help pay for specialist Admiral Nurses, additional vital training and the on-going staffing of the free Dementia Helpline (0800 888 6678).


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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 or visiting

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Rob Smyth and James Brindle at Central England Co-operative on 01543 421390

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