OLYMPIC and Commonwealth Games champion Darren Campbell visited the Co-operative Group's Manchester head office to pledge his support for Shelter's million children campaign, which aims to end the nightmare of bad housing for over one million children in the UK.
Darren, who won a gold medal in the Men's 4x100m relay at the 2004 Olympics, was also there to boost the Co-operative Group's UK-wide staff fund-raising campaign, which aims to raise more than £ 1/2 million for Shelter.
He is pictured passing the "baton of support" to Zoe Morgan, the Group's director of markerting.
Staff, members and customers throughout the Group's family of businesses, including food retail, Co-op Pharmacy, Travelcare and Co-operative Funeralcare, are backing the initiative.
Overcrowded, unfit or emergency housing has a devastating impact on children's lives damaging their health, education and future prospects.
Darren says: "My home is so important to me and I know the difference a safe, secure and comfortable home can make to a family. Yet for more than one million children in Britain a decent home is a distant dream. That's why I'm joining Co-op staff, members and customers who are supporting Shelter's million children campaign and I'd urge people to show that they won't stand for it either."
Zoe says: "Everyone within the Group is backing the Shelter fund-raising campaign and we appreciate Darren taking time out of his busy schedule to lend his support. The Co-op wants to play its part in building a better future for the next generation and money raised in each area of the country will directly benefit children in that locality."