Thank you to colleagues, customers and members for helping raise over £780,000 for Dementia UK

Posted by Rob Smyth | 01/08/2018 | Category: Community

We want to say a big thank you to its colleagues, customers and members for helping to raise over £780,000 for its corporate charity partner Dementia UK in just one year.

We have been supporting the charity for the past 12 months and during that time people across 16 counties have done everything from jumping out of planes and undertaking gruelling feats of endurance to holding cake sales and organising village fetes to raise vital funds for the good cause.

Over £280,000 was handed over in the form of donations, with a further £500,000 from money raised by Central England Co-op via the 5p carrier bag levy.

The money has been used to help pay for the creation of nine specialist Admiral Nurses, additional vital training and the ongoing staffing of the free Dementia Helpline.

Following the success of the past year, the Society is today delighted to announce that it has agreed to continue its fundraising partnership with Dementia UK for another 12 months.

Our Chief Executive Martyn Cheatle said: “I am delighted to announce that we will continue to partner with Dementia UK for 2018/19.

“Over the past 12 months, colleagues, customers and members have helped raise vital funds for this great charity and helped make a real difference. I cannot thank them enough for their dedication.

“It is great to know that, as a community retailer and responsible business, our donation of over £780,000 will help improve the lives of those living with dementia, and those who love and care for them, in our trading area, leaving a lasting impact for many years to come.

“We are excited to be working with Dementia UK for another 12 months and we all cannot wait to continue to get behind the charity and support its vital work in helping to tackle this increasing issue.”

Admiral Nurses work alongside people with dementia and their families and offer one-to-one support, expert guidance and practical solutions so they can face dementia with more confidence and less fear. The nurses work across a range of care settings within the community, hospitals, hospices and care homes.

The Dementia Helpline is available to anyone with queries or concerns about dementia.  It is staffed by Admiral Nurses to ensure those with dementia and those caring for them get the best possible care and advice.

Hilda Hayo, Chief Admiral Nurse and Chief Executive at Dementia UK, said: “Dementia is one of the biggest health issues of our time with more families than ever in need of specialist dementia support.

“We cannot thank everyone at Central England Co-operative enough for their efforts in helping more families face dementia. We are looking forward to their continued support over the next year. ”

Customers and members will be able to continue to support Dementia UK by donating via collection tins when they visit Food Stores, Funeral Homes or Travel Shops, and colleagues will be undertaking a wide range of different fund-raising events to help raise funds during the next 12 months.

To find out more about Dementia UK visit

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