Central England Co-op workers support Dementia UK by pulling on their boots for charity football match


Central England Co-op employees will be swapping their uniforms and work clothes for football kits to support Dementia UK.

The charity match will see staff from the Society’s Lichfield –based head office go up against store colleagues from stores in the surrounding area to raise vital funds for the corporate charity partner.
Lichfield City Football Club will host the match and Central England Co-op is now looking for colleagues, customers and members to support the teams as they battle it out to be crowned the winner at 4.30pm on Sunday, 22 April.

Tickets are £2 on the gate with all proceeds going to Dementia UK. The charity will be use funds towards recruiting more specialist Admiral Nurses, who work with those living with dementia and their loved ones. Admiral Nurses can either see clients on a one to one basis, but Dementia UK also has a dedicated helpline open to all for advice and support on dementia. 

Paul Talbot, Stock Analyst at Central England Co-op, and organiser of the event, said: “I wanted to do something that would raise some money for the charity, and I am an avid football fan. I also wanted this to not just be about Central England Co-op, and with Lichfield City Football Club letting us use the ground there is space for people to come along on the day and watch a good game of football while supporting the charity. We are trying to raise as much as we can for this deserving and vital service provided by Dementia UK. We all know someone who has been affected by dementia, and this is something I could do to help.”

Central England Co-op has been raising funds across the Society since July 2017, when it was announced that the retailer had partnered with Dementia UK as its corporate charity. So far, £180,000 has been raised.


Notes to editors

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, and property investment.

Central England Co-operative has over 400 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 2018. 

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 a number of 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 members@centralengland.coop or visiting https://www.members.coop

For more information visit www.centralengland.coop, follow Central England Co-operative on Twitter: @mycoopfood, and on Facebook: facebook.com/centralenglandcooperative

Rob Smyth / Heather Clapton at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140

Email –publicrelations@centralengland.coop