Co-operative Group chief executive Peter Marks is leading a band of fellow colleagues in launching a charity single to support the organisation’s charity partners, Mencap and its sister charity Enable.
Marks plays drums for the newly-formed Angel Square band, which hopes to help the organisation hit its £5m fundraising target for the year. He is joined by seven senior colleagues in releasing a cover of Take That’s ‘Greatest Day’.
The single is available for download on iTunes, priced at 79p, and all proceeds will go to develop ‘Inspire Me’ – a programme designed to give up to 20,000 young people with a learning disability opportunities to change their futures.
The band hope that they may be in with a chance at achieving the coveted Christmas number one slot in the charts. Marks said: “At a time when the co-operative business model is very much in fashion, the United Nations has proclaimed 2012 to be the International Year of Co-operatives and there are approaching one billion members of co-operatives worldwide …maybe, just maybe, we could give X-Factor a run for its money!”
Angel Square is so named after the Co-operative’s head office building in Manchester, where the band will perform a full set, including songs by Maroon 5, the Black Eyed Peas and the Rolling Stones, for one night only.