Co-op donates over 300 emergency warm clothing packs to help the homeless this winter
Purfleet Trust, in Norfolk, Accommodation Concern, in Kettering, and the Emergency Food Stop, in Leicester, to help those in need during the festive season by providing 80 packs each made up of hats and scarves.
The accessories have been bought from Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children, which will therefore also be supported through the donation.
In total, Central England Co-op is donating over 300 of the packs to good causes across the communities where it trades, so they can be given to people who find themselves without anywhere to stay over Christmas.
The Society has also been encouraging customers and members to donate to local food banks in the run up to Christmas and to actively support those in the most need at this time of year.
Hannah Gallimore, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Central England Co-op, said: “These items will go some way to helping homeless people survive the winter months.”
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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 7,550 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 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.
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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