Central England Co-op make special donation to support animal rescue and rehoming centre in Ashbourne

An animal rescue centre based in Ashbourne has been boosted by a special donation from Central England Co-op to support its work during these uncertain times.

The Ark Rescue and Rehoming Centre has been handed £100 in vouchers by the Northern Membership and Community Council (MCC) to give it support while its doors continue to remain closed to the public because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Central England Co-op in Ashbourne has been a keen supporter of the home, hosting a pet food bank at its Blenheim Road and Dig Street Food Stores and sponsoring a dog pen at the centre.

Tanya Noon, Member and Community Relations Officer at Central England Co-op, said: “The MCC was eager to give support to the fantastic work that the ARK Rescue and Rehoming Centre provides for stray dogs and cats which we have seen through our close links to the organisation

“Like many good causes and organisations, the Ark has seen its regular fundraising activities and events which it relies on limited as a result of the pandemic, so we hope the donation of these vouchers will be a small help in assisting them to continue the great job they do.”

Wanda Mielczarek, trustee of the Ark, said the donation of the vouchers was a ‘wonderful surprise’ and they will be of much use to the home in supporting the animals and in their fundraising efforts.

She said: “It was a wonderful surprise to receive £100 in Co-op gift vouchers and these will be used in raffles and to buy some treats for the cats and dogs.

"We really value the partnership we have with the MCC and for the ongoing encouragement and support given to us by the Society."

People can keep up to date with what is happening in their local community in response to Coronavirus by visiting a dedicated online hub at www.centralengland.coop/updates


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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 with interests in food, funeral, floral and property investment.

Co-operatives have always been there for their communities; they were formed to protect them and help them flourish.  

Our 7,900 colleagues who serve Members and customers work hard to ensure that co-operative values, principles and spirit flow through everything we do to help support and improve our local communities.

Owned by hundreds of thousands of Members, we have 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. 

We are proud of our reputation for ethical business practices and corporate responsibility.

We invest a percentage of our trading profit into local communities through our Community Dividend Fund scheme, have donated over £1.3 million to our corporate charity partner Dementia UK and also operate a pioneering food redistribution partnership with FareShare Midlands so unsold food goes to those in need.

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