Co-operative closes but raises £2,000 for RNLI

Co-op presentation to the RNLI
Co-op presentation to the RNLI

A supermarket in Skegness closed its tills for the final time at the weekend but not before staff presented the RNLI with almost £2.000.

Shoppers in recent weeks have been stocking up their shelves, clearing the Co-opertive Food store within the Hildreds Shopping Centre of its bargains after it announced it would close on December 29.

But dedicated staff made sure to present its chosen charity, the RNLI with £1,917.00 which was raised via a bric-a-brac stall held in store.

“We chose the RNLI because it was a good local cause and we would like to say a big thank you to the customers who donated to it during the year, which has helped to raise the money,” said a former Co-op employee.

It is also hoped the money will go into the large pot set to aisde to fund the RNLI’s plan for a new £1.5 million lifeboat, which will come into service in 2016 when the current Skegness vessel is mothballed.

As reported, the decision to the close store, resulting in the loss of 39 jobs, was blamed on poor trading performance.

Hand-written fond farewell notices were seen dotted around the store wishing former Co-operative customers and staff well for the future.

Rumours have also been circulating the town as to what may go in the vacant unit and the former Post Office’s location (see story on page 3)..