Thousands of people take part in pet themed event in Leicester

Thousands of people descended on an event in Leicester this weekend to celebrate everything related to pets.

Pet Fest was held at the RSPCA Woodside Animal Centre, in Scudamore Road, and included a range of activities from dog agility to pet training.

Central England Co-operative, which operates its nationwide distribution hub just yards from the centre, was a key partner for the event.

Jane Cooper-Peers, Corporate Partnership Manager at RSPCA Woodside Animal Centre, said: “Pet Fest is a great event that celebrated everything that is wonderful about domestic pets.

“Thousands of people attended over the two days and they got the chance to find out about owning and taking care of pets, enjoy some fun shows and tuck into some great food.

“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who was involved in helping put the event together, especially Central England Co-op for its continued support.”

The retailer has a long history of supporting the centre including donating raffle prizes, hosting collection points at its distribution centres and even helping to secure vital fund for the organisation.

At Pet Fest, colleagues from the distribution centre volunteered to help set up the event and donated strawberries that were sold to raise funds.

Central England Co-op’s Southern Membership and Community Council, which is made up of Co-op members who are passionate about their community and want to make a difference within it, were also on hand to offer tastings, promote membership and raffle off a hamper filled with treats.

Karen Bevan, Member and Community Relations Officer, said: “The Co-operative has a long tradition of giving back to the community, and we welcome the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives and education of local people.

“It is really important to have strong links with the local community and I am proud the Southern Membership and Community Council were able to support this great annual event.

“We have been able to give out different grant awards to a variety of deserving projects.”

People can also find out more about the work of the Membership and Community Council 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, 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 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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