The Co-operative Group is celebrating reaching the milestone halfway stage of its national fundraising campaign. It has handed over £½ million to The Children’s Society and its partner charities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Staff from the Group’s food retail, travel, funerals, pharmacy, banking, insurance, farming and footwear businesses, supported by members and customers, have been hosting a series of fundraising events since the launch of the campaign in early April.
In addition to traditional fundraising activities such as cake-baking and fetes, adventurous staff have come up with some more imaginative activities including parachute jumps, a John Wayne day and a sponsored Borat-style mankini event.
The Group is hoping to raise a total of more than £1 million for The Children’s Society and its partner charities, Aberlour in Scotland, Extern in Northern Ireland and Tros Gynnal in Wales.
Guy McCracken, Chief Executive, Food, The Co-operative Group, said: “The Co-operative’s colleagues and members are having a great time raising money for our chosen partner charities. Behind the fun, however, lies a serious message, these charities help thousands of children.
“At this half-way stage, we’re delighted to be handing over £½ million to the charity. The tremendous enthusiasm and commitment across The Co-operative for this initiative, plus the help of our ever-supportive customers and members, has been incredible and we are well on target.”
Bob Reitemeier, Chief Executive of The Children’s Society, added: “We are delighted with this fantastic amount of money and sheer dedication from across The Co-operative. I want to thank everyone who has taken part by either dressing up, baking, cycling or bathing in baked beans — the money you’ve raised, with the help of your loyal customers, will make a huge difference to thousands of children and you should all be incredibly proud.”
Our picture round-up looks at what some of our staff have been up to since the launch in April.