Norfolk mother-of-two wins ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ Lapland trip to take family to meet Santa after winning Central England Co-op Christmas competition

A Norfolk family will be jetting off to Lapland to meet Santa himself after receiving a ‘magical New Year surprise’ by winning a dream holiday in a special competition run by a national retailer.

In the run-up to Christmas Laura Davey, from Barnham, Thetford, entered the competition run by Central England Co-operative to win the trip of a lifetime and thought no more about it as she enjoyed a family Christmas at home in Norfolk.

However, out of thousands of entries from across the country, the mother-of-two, who runs a parent & toddler group at Fun2Play in Thetford as well as running her business from home as a Scentsy Consultant, was randomly chosen as the winner and will be enjoying a very different Christmas in 2020.

The 41-year-old said she had always dreamed of going to Lapland and will be taking her husband Ben, 10-year-old daughter Bethany and four-year-old son Louie on the magical trip.

She said: “When I saw the Central England Co-op competition to win a trip to Lapland I couldn’t resist entering. The prize really drew me in as it an absolute dream to take my family there to meet Santa.

“I am still in shock about winning – it hasn’t sunk in at all. It was a magical New Year surprise when they got in touch. I keep thinking it must be a dream.

“I’ve never won anything like this before and I don’t really enter competitions as you never think you will win. To win this amazing prize has truly blown me away!”

Mrs Davey accepted her prize at Central England Co-operative’s Travel store in King Street, Thetford, and she said she can’t wait to experience all Lapland has to offer.

She said: “I love Christmas time, the magic of it all, especially for the children it is just beautiful to watch and to be able to visit somewhere I’ve always dreamed of going but never thought possible is just incredible – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime trip that’s for sure.

“I can’t wait to take in the beauty of the place, the snow and the scenery and the Northern Lights. Seeing reindeer and huskies will also be amazing and of course meeting Father Christmas. However, being able to share an experience like this as a family will be the most special part.”

Angela McCall, Central England Co-operative Travel Thetford Branch Manager, said her and her team were delighted that the competition was won by someone from the town.

She said: “Christmas is always a magical time of year and for many families the dream festive break is a trip to Lapland to see Santa, so Central England Co-op were absolutely thrilled to give our loyal customers and members the opportunity to win this dream prize.

“Here at Central England Co-operative Travel in Thetford we are so proud to be part of a wonderful community and are so are thrilled that someone from the town has won this incredible prize.

“All the team here would like to congratulate Laura and her family and we hope they have an unforgettable time and make some magical memories.”

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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. 

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 430 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 2020.

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

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