Clothing donations boost Co-op charity appeal


Clothing donated in Skegness to the Lincolnshire Co-op Charity of the Year Appeal has helped raise more than £7,000.

It has contributed to the appeal that has so far raised £90,717 for Alzheimer’s Society, going towards providing life-changing support for local people living with dementia.

The clothing was donated to Salvation Army clothing banks located on Lincolnshire Co-op property, including outside stores in Newark, Sleaford, Spalding, Grimsby, Lincoln, Louth, Market Rasen, Skegness and Boston.

In the period from April to September, the Salvation Army collected nearly 50 tonnes of clothes, generating over £15,000 in profit. Of this, Lincolnshire Co-op received £7,848 towards its Charity of the Year total.

Member engagement manager Richard Whittaker said: “It’s an impressive sum and we’re really grateful to be able to put it towards such a great cause.

We couldn’t have raised this money without the continued support of our members and customers, so we’d like to say a big thank-you to them.”

Cake sales, charity cycle rides and fancy dress fun are just some of the ways that staff at Lincolnshire Co-op have teamed up to support Alzheimer’s Society since it became the Charity of the Year in January.

Colleagues at the society have also signed up to become Dementia Friends, with 192 receiving training since January this year. The scheme is designed to create more dementia-friendly communities, and half a million people have signed up nationally so far.