Keen runner Clare getting set to take on London Marathon to raise vital funds for Dementia UK

A Central England Co-operative colleague is swapping her travel uniform for running gear as she gets set to take part in the London Marathon.
Clare Slattery has worked at the King Street branch of Central England Co-op Travel for nine years and she signed up for the marathon after learning that the Society’s new corporate charity partner was Dementia UK.

After gaining a place through Thetford Athletic Club, the XX-year-old has been training three times a week so she can be at peak fitness for the event.
Accomplished at half marathons, this will be her first time running a full marathon, although she has been a spectator at the London Marathon before to support runners from her club.

Clare said: “I am really looking forward to running on the day, and I am hoping to raise as much as I can for Dementia UK. The charity does so much for people living with dementia and their families, so I am really happy to be able to do something to help.”

The Admiral Nurse Service from Dementia UK provides specialist care and support for those living with dementia, and their loved ones.  These nurses are a lifeline for many across the UK and their families, either through one to one sessions, or through the Admiral Nurse Dementia Helpline.  

These nurses are funded through the charity which relies on the generosity of people like Clare, who raise money either by taking part in fundraising activities or donating.

Rates of dementia in the UK are increasing year on year, so the need for more Admiral Nurses is vital to keep up with the demand.

For further information on the work Dementia UK do, and for fundraising opportunities, please visit 

Anyone who would like to support Clare can do so by visiting


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 or visiting

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

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