As the country commemorates 100 years since the end of the First World War, independent consumer co-operative, Lincolnshire Co-op has given The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal a boost with a £7,000 donation – as well as support with in-store promotion and fundraising.
All the co-op’s colleagues have been supplied with commemorative poppy pin badges to wear at work or home on Armistice Day should they wish to. And the co-op’s food outlets are selling poppies and displaying poppy appeal promotions in windows.
Colleagues at Lincolnshire Co-op’s Food Support Centre have also been crocheting their own poppy brooches with proceeds going towards the poppy appeal.
All stores will be honouring a two-minute silence for remembrance on Sunday 11 November 2018 at 11am. Representatives from Lincolnshire Co-op’s Funeral teams will also attend local memorial services and lay wreaths on behalf of the Society.
Support for the charity comes just months after the Lincolnshire Co-op’s Community Champions scheme raised funds for service charities. This saw more than £139,000 donated to the Royal British Legion and RAF Benevolent Fund.
Head of people and performance at Lincolnshire Co-op, Heather Lee, said: “The community around us is closely linked with the armed forces and The Royal British Legion do an important job caring for the health and wellbeing of service people past and present and their families.
“By supporting the poppy appeal in our stores, we hope our colleagues and members will choose to remember those who sacrificed themselves to secure and protect our freedom.”
Community fundraiser for the Lincolnshire Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal, Nick Fairfax, said: “It’s excellent to have this backing from Lincolnshire Co-op and they’ve truly been supportive over the year. Not only have they supported our poppy appeal with a £7,000 donation but we have also received more than £60,000 from the Community Champions Scheme in September, which is unprecedented.
“The extra funds will help provide support for service people across Lincolnshire, both serving and retired, to enable them to live independently.”