Central England Co-op store supplies Kings Lynn hospital with protective coats to help keep workers safe

Colleagues at Central England Co-op in Terrington St Clement have given their support to NHS heroes at their local hospital with a donation of protective coats.

The team at the Wesley Road Food Store donated two boxes of protective visitor coats which had been stored at the shop so they can be used at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kings Lynn during the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak.

The donation was dropped off by part-time Customer Services Assistant Deb Pigeon, who also works at the hospital in the pharmacy.

Store Manager Pauline Drewery said: “I have been here two-and-a-half years and the coats have always been here and not used so Deb took one up to the hospital with her to see if they could use them and they said they definitely could.

“If we can give any help to the hospital we will do so, and this was a really good opportunity. I’m not sure which department will use them, but they were really grateful.

“We are proud to be part of the community in Terrington and the hospital is a major part of our community, particularly at the moment, so we are happy to do something for them.”

Central England Co-op has announced a 10% discount for all NHS workers to say thank you for their efforts working on the frontline to help tackle the Coronavirus.

All NHS workers have to do is show their ID card when they visit any of the retailer’s 242 food stores to receive 10% off all food and other essentials.

They will also be able to get priority access to Central England Co-op stores by moving to the front of any external queue when waiting to enter.

People can keep up to date with what is happening in their local community 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, travel 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 serving our 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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