Co-op members raise over £22,500 for local charities

January 25 2019

MEMBERS of the Co-op have raised over £22,500 for local causes in Henleaze and Westbury-on-Trym.

In November 2018, the Co-op celebrated its members raising over £19 million for local community causes across the country. If you are a Co-op member, every time you shop at the Co-op and swipe your membership card, 5% of your spend on Co-op products is put into an account for you to spend at a later date and 1% is also donated to local community charities.

As part of the scheme, the Henleaze Co-op has raised over £7,500 for Ronald McDonald House Bristol, a home away from home charity which looks after children and their families while in hospital, as well as Stepping Up, a successful leadership programme for young people  at the City Hall. In addition, the Church in Westbury Park also received a donation from the Henleaze Co-op members too. 

Meanwhile, the Co-op Food and Funeralcare branches in Stoke Lane and Westbury–on–Trym have raised over £15,000 for Above and Beyond, a charity supporting the Children’s Hospital, Southmead Development Trust who are creating new walkways around Southmead and Badocks Wood and Marmalade Trust, a local Bristol charity that organises Christmas lunches and festive cheer for people who may otherwise be on their own at Christmas time. The lunches are held at venues around Bristol, including the Post Office Tavern in Westbury–on–Trym. 

Commenting on the support that they have received from Co-op members, Natalie Wheeler from Marmalade Trust said: “We are so grateful to the Co-op local cause initiative and the wonderful members who chose to support us. With the money raised we will bring joy and companionship to over 150 people who would otherwise be alone on Christmas Day. All guests will join us for a festive lunch and be given a gift, but more importantly they’ll spend the day with others and have a chance to make friendships.”

This year, our local Co-ops are delighted to be working with Bristol Dementia Action Alliance, Elmlea Junior School and Home Start Bristol.

Discussing the funds that local Co-op members have raised, Greg Yuill, Bristol Area Manager commented: “We are proud to contribute around £180k to organisations and community groups in the city making a difference to our communities.” 

The Co-op is always very keen to support local community groups. If you know of any local causes that they could help and support, please email Jo Hewitt (Member Pioneer) at jo-anne.hewitt@coopmembers.co.uk.  

If you would like to become a Co-op member or choose your local cause, please visit: www.coop.co.uk/membership