Lincolnshire Co-op colleagues and customers raise £144,000 for local hospices

Fundraising efforts included a sponsored pedometer challenge and dividend card donations

A fundraising campaign at Lincolnshire Co-op has boosted the funds of nine local hospice charities, which were chosen as the society’s Community Champions from March to May.

The awareness and fundraising drive brought in £144,000, with hundreds of the society’s colleagues joining a sponsored pedometer challenge.

Teams from across the business area also got together to complete organised walks, including food store colleagues completing a 12k trek along the Cleethorpes coast and a team from head office walking 20 miles around each Lincoln food store.

Generous holidaymakers donated £1 to the cause every time they booked a trip at one of the co-op’s 13 travel branches, adding thousands to the total.

Colleagues join the walking challenge: Debbie Jolliff, Danielle Budworth and Tiffany Sarjeant (all from head office), Stephanie May (Holton le Clay Food Store), Kelly Slow (Bracebridge Heath Food Store), and Simone Peterson and Sophie Leaning (Holton le Clay Food Store)

And every time a member shopped in a Lincolnshire outlet using their dividend card, a donation was added to the fundraising pot, alongside proceeds from the carrier bag charge and staff fundraising.

Community engagement manager Sam Turner said: “We’re over the moon that communities have come together to raise such a fantastic amount of money for these truly worthwhile causes.

Kelly Slow (Bracebridge Heath Food Store), Sophie Leaning from Holton le Clay Food Store, Veronica McBain (head of fundraising and marketing for St Barnabas), the St Barnabas mascot, Caroline Swindon (corporate fundraiser for St Barnabas), and Simone Peterson and Stephanie May (Holton le Clay Food Store)

“Not many people know about the work that hospices do for people who are facing a really difficult time. The groups we worked with have shared inspirational and uplifting stories of the care they provide, because hospices are much more than just a place to die. We’re proud to support their work and message.”

A presentation took place at Olsen Park in Lincoln, where representatives from each hospice collected their portion of the £144,000 donation.

Simone Peterson ( Holton le Clay Food Store), ZaZa Warren (event manager, St Andrews), Steve Hughes (director, Lincolnshire Co-op), Alison Lark (St Andrews) and Sophie Leaning from (Holton le Clay Food Store)

St Barnabas Hospice received a donation of over £104,000 that will be shared between its Lincoln, Louth, Gainsborough, Grantham and Spalding services.

Veronica McBain, head of fundraising and marketing for St Barnabas, said: “It’s breathtaking to have received something of that magnitude. It equates to over 850 hospice-at-home visits, which means our nurses can go in to patient’s homes and deliver the hands-on care that’s important at the end of life – which many patients want these days.

“It’s because of the community shopping at their local stores and other fundraising efforts that Lincolnshire Co-op has been able to deliver this. It is absolutely out of this world.”

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