Brigstock food store makes special donation to support shopper’s charity fundraiser for cause close to her heart

Central England Co-op in Brigstock has continued its backing for charity Dementia UK by throwing its support behind a shoppers’ fundraising efforts for the cause.

Shopper Wilma Rennie approached her local Central England Co-op in High Street for support with her ‘Time for a Cuppa’ fundraising event for Dementia UK, which she wanted to organise to ‘do her bit’ for the charity after losing her mum to dementia six years ago.

The retailer was happy to help, particularly as Dementia UK is currently its corporate charity and to whom it has donated over £1.3 million since partnering with the cause, which provides specialist care and support for those living with dementia, and their loved ones, through its Admiral Nurse service.

Time for a Cuppa is Dementia UK’s biggest annual fundraising event and encourages people to get together with colleagues or friends and family over a cuppa and some cake, while raising money to help dementia specialist nurses to support more families facing dementia.

Brigstock Co-op Store Manager Claire Starmer presented Wilma with a hamper of Co-op goodies for her to raffle off at her event.

She said: “When we heard what Wilma was doing we were really keen as a store to support her event, particularly given Central England Co-op is working with Dementia UK and we are well aware of the fantastic work they do to support people with dementia and their loved ones.

“The Society is also supporting Time for a Cuppa with events taking place across our food stores and funeral homes, including at our store in Brigstock, so I’m delighted to present Wilma with this hamper and wish her all the best for her fundraiser.”

Wilma, who is a member of Brigstock WI, is holding the Time for a Cuppa event after losing her mum to dementia six years ago and will be holding a raffle and tombola to help raise funds.

She said: “This is something that is close to my heart after losing my mum to the condition and we also have a few members of our WI who are in the early stages of it, so I wanted to do my bit and help out this wonderful cause.

“I approached the team at Brigstock Central England Co-op hoping I might be able to get a box of chocolates or a bottle of wine for the tombola, so to receive this lovely hamper is fantastic and it’s great to see their support for Dementia UK.”

For further information on the work Dementia UK do, and for fundraising opportunities, please visit


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About Central England Co-operative

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest independent retail co-operative societies in the UK. 

It is a modern, forward-looking organisation employing over 8,000 staff, with the Society’s principal areas of activity being food, funeral services, travel shops, and property investment.

Central England Co-operative has over 430 trading outlets across 16 counties including; West Midlands, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.  The Society has an ambitious food store development programme for 2020.

Central England Co-operative is proud of its reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.  It is a member of Business in the Community, the membership organisation that stands for responsible business, and has also won many business awards for excellence.  The Society supports several charities including Dementia UK and invests a percentage of its trading profit into local communities.

Becoming a member of Central England Co-operative offers a whole host of benefits ranging from collecting points every time you spend in store to earn a share of the profits, access to members activities and community initiatives including the Community Dividend Fund, which hands out grants of up to £5,000 to charities and good causes across the Society’s trading estate.

Find out how to become a Central England Co-operative member by calling 0800 0501 601, emailing or visiting

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Rob Smyth and James Brindle at Central England Co-operative on 01543 421390

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