TV weatherman Des Coleman steps out from in front of the camera to support Central England Co-op Men’s Event

Popular TV weatherman Des Coleman was the guest of honour at a special event designed to raise awareness around the challenges that men face in the modern world.

Central England Co-op took over Burton Albion’s Pirelli Stadium for the day to host a range of talks and workshops around subjects including mental health, physical health and lifestyle.

Des took time out from telling people across the area about the weather to talk about his career and the importance of discussing the topics raised at the event.

James Knight, Member and Community Relations Officer for Central England Co-op and one of the organisers, said: “I am so proud to have been involved in a great event designed to highlight topics ranging from mental health to lifestyle.

“This event allowed like-minded men from all walks of life to come together to debate, discuss and learn how we can support one another.

“Events like these are important and allow everyone involved to use their voices to talk about their successes as well as the challenges they face.”

Over 100 people attended the event on what was International Men’s Day.


Notes to editors

Picture caption: Men from across the Midlands came together to take part in the Central England Co-operative Men’s Voices event.

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 member 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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