Central England Co-op team show community spirit to raise vital funds for Twycross Zoo
A team of retail heroes at Central England Co-op in Atherstone have raised over £1,000 in the fight to support Twycross Zoo survive uncertain times caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
A 10-strong team of colleagues, who have been working around the clock to keep the local community stocked with food and essentials, walked the 16-mile round trip from the Station Street Supermarket to the zoo to support its ‘Summer of Survival’ fundraising campaign.
The campaign, which has received backing from Dame Judi Dench, has been launched after the popular attraction had to close its gates to the public for three months and although now open, can not except anywhere near full capacity meaning its future is seriously under threat.
For the team at Central England Co-op they were determined to show their support to such an important part of their local community and have raised over £1,100 through the sponsored walk.
Customer Service Assistant at the Station Street store Chris Crouch helped to organise the fundraiser and she said as a member of the zoo it was a cause close to her heart.
She said: “I am a member of the zoo and we have a former colleague who now works there so we really wanted to do something to help.
“I thought of the idea to walk to the zoo to raise money and put up a poster at work to see if anyone wanted to take part and was overwhelmed that so many colleagues signed up.
“I was only expecting to raise £200-£300 so to have raised well over £1,000 is great and I have been really, really touched by the support from colleagues and family.
“We were really fortunate with the weather and we had a really enjoyable time doing the walk and I’m so glad we have been able to help.”
Chris said Twycross Zoo was really important to the local community around Atherstone and it had been concerning to hear its future and that of the animals could be under threat.
She said: “It is local to us and has been going over 50 years so it means a lot to the community around here and although it is now open again it is still in a very precarious position.
“It has been nice to help in a small way and hopefully they can have a strong summer to help them get through these uncertain times.”
Anyone who would like to donate to Twycross Zoo to help secure its future can visit http://twycrosszoo.org/donate
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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