Magical charity fun day for families held at Ripley Central England Co-op

There was fun for all the family in Ripley before children headed back to school as Central England Co-op held a ‘magical’ charity fun day.

The Society’s Ripley Supermarket hosted the free event which saw activities ranging from a ‘happy wacky magic show’, face painting, colouring competition and delicious food and drink tastings.

The event raised money for Dementia UK, there were also free health checks on offer for the community and a range of stalls for local good causes and community groups.

Store colleagues were joined by Central England Co-op Funeralcare who were on hand to promote their services and offer advice and guidance.

Nathan Burrows, Store Manager, said he and his colleagues were delighted to throw open their doors to the community and offer a fun day for local families.

He said: “Here at Derby Road supermarket we are proud to be part of a fantastic community in Ripley and we were delighted to provide a bit of a late summer holiday treat before children headed back to school.

“There was a real buzz in store and it was wonderful to see locals of all ages having a great time as we raised money for Dementia UK, which does such wonderful work for families affected by dementia.”

Central England Co-operative has been supporting Dementia UK since 2017 and so far, the Society has donated over £1 million to the charity. The money has been used to help pay for specialist Admiral Nurses, additional vital training and the on-going staffing of the free Dementia Helpline (0800 888 6678).


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, travel shops, 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 2019.

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

For more information visit, follow Central England Co-operative on Twitter: @mycoopfood, and on Facebook:

Rob Smyth and James Brindle at Central England Co-operative on 01543 421390

Email –