‘Thank you’ messages from care homes after Central England Co-op drops off 1,000 treat packages

Care home staff from across the country have said ‘thank you’ for 1,000 treat packages handed out by Central England Co-op to give them a boost for their hard work.

Letters, emails and social media comments have been sent to the retailer, which has nearly 400 food stores and funeral homes across 16 counties, after it decided to make the gesture to show its support from one set of frontline workers to another.

The special packages are filled with tea, coffee, milk, biscuits, chocolate, hand cream and soap to allow key care workers to enjoy a nice treat when they are hard at working caring for the most vulnerable.

They have been handed out to care homes in the following areas: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, Northamptonshire, Nottingham, Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire.

Tracy Quinton, from Gresham Care Home, in Norfolk, said: “Thank you very much for your kind box of treats you sent to the Gresham Care Home. It was very much appreciated by all the staff and residents.”

Fran Edmunds, Director of Stonebridge Nursing Home, in Redditch, said: “We have had a fabulous parcel of goodies delivered to us today to say thank you for what we do. Well, we could say the same to Central England Co-op. You have been a lifeline for local communities everywhere and have shared the risk equally. Given the pressures your own teams must still be under, this is just the kindest gesture.”

Judy Faulkner, from Bourn View Care Home, in Bourneville, said: “We took delivery of two lovely boxes of treats and goodies from Central England Co-op.

“We were very touched and pleased to receive the boxes.”

Janet Barlow, from JB Care Homes, in Barnsley, said: “We would all like to thank you from our little care homes in Barnsley. The gift box was a great surprise and put a smile on all our faces.”

Diane Lee, Home Manager from Lillibet Lodge, in Bedford, said: “I would like to say a very big thank you for our surprise gift that we just received - it has been greatly appreciated.”

Michael Hamilton, Homes Manager at Agape House, in Kettering, said: “Your kind gesture is very much appreciated. It feels great to know that the work we do is recognised and even better to get little reward treats.”

Desmond Shiels, from The Laurels, in Market Deeping, said: “Our residents and staff will enjoy the contents, very thoughtful and much appreciated.”

The parcels, which featured a message of support for care workers, have been delivered to care homes located within a one-mile radius of Central England Co-op Food Stores and Funeral homes.

People can keep up to date with what is happening in their local community by visiting a dedicated online hub at www.centralengland.coop/updates



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Picture caption: Care home staff have being say ‘thank you’ after Central England Co-op dropped off 1,000 treat boxes.


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, travel and property investment.


Co-operatives have always been there for their communities; they were formed to protect them and help them flourish. 


Our 7,900 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 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. 


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.


Visit www.centralengland.coop for more information or follow us on Facebook or Twitter using @mycoopfood



Press office contacts: Rob Smyth and James Brindle


Phone - 01543 421390


Email - publicrelations@centralengland.coop