Rainbows Hospice handed early Christmas present following £2k donation from Co-op Funeralcare

Central England Co-operative Funeralcare has teamed up with Rainbows Hospice to ensure Christmas comes early - by donating £2,000 to help pay to support youngsters living with disabilities and life-limiting conditions.

The money was handed over on behalf of the funeral provider by Neil Finn, Funeral Director at Swanns Funeral Service, which, like Rainbows, is based in Loughborough.

The donation will now be used to pay for the general care and support for children who use the vital hospice, as well as funding a range of activities from memory making to arts and crafts.

Funeral Director Neil Finn said: “The work that the team at Rainbows undertakes every day is quite simply amazing and the impact they have on youngsters and their families is vital.

“We are proud to be part of the local community and I was so pleased to be able, on behalf of Central England Co-operative Funeralcare, to present this amazing cause with £2,000 to help these brilliant youngsters this Christmas and beyond.
“We have a long-term relationship with Rainbows and always happy to support the vital cause in the great work it does for youngsters and their families from across the East Midlands.”

Rainbows Hospice was launched in 1994 and is the only hospice in the East Midlands for children and young people.

The hospice offers a place where life-limited children and their families can find care and support through specialist respite, palliative and end of life care.

Gary Farnfield, Community Fundraiser at Rainbows Hospice, said: “We are so thankful for this amazing donation from everyone at Central England Co-operative Funeralcare.

“This will allow us to continue to offer the great care and support to our children and their families and is a real boost in the run up to Christmas.
“We are proud to have strong links with Central England Co-op and cannot thank them enough for the ongoing support they provide, year in and year out.”


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Picture caption: Neil Finn, Funeral Director at Swanns Funeral Service, hands over a donation worth £2,000 to Gary Farnfield, from Rainbows, to help pay for the ongoing care and support for disabled youngsters.


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.


The company’s funeral business consists of over 120 funeral homes across 16 counties, nine florists, masonry production and administration, Bretby Crematorium and Terry Smiths coffin factory.


Central England Co-operative has more than 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 and funeral home 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, @mycooplife and on Facebook: facebook.com/centralenglandcooperative


Rob Smyth at Central England Co-operative on 01543 414140


Email – publicrelations@centralengland.coop