Christmas Foodbank Appeal - Paul’s story

Posted by Rob Smyth | 15/11/2017 | Category: Community

Central England Co-operative is urging customers and members to help bring a little festive cheer to those in need by supporting its Christmas Foodbank Appeal.

As part of this campaign, we spent time with The Hope Centre, in Derby, to find out more about the impact it has on people in the area.

Paul runs the centre and talks about the rise in people needed food samples and how you can help those in need.

Here what he has to say as part of this specially created film:

Find out more about The Hope Centre with our special videos on foodbank patrons Lizzy and Gerrard.

The Christmas Foodbank Appeal will run from 15 November to 20 December and items can be dropped off in special Christmas tree bins at Central England Co-op food stores.

A full list of the stores taking part in the appeal can be found by visiting

Share your support for the campaign by Tweeting about it by using #beingcoopy

Key items needed by foodbanks during the festive season:


Tinned food



Dried pasta




UHT milk




Instant coffee


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