Co-op staff raise cash for charity

Co-op staff with manager Steven Cooper (far right) spent the day at work in beach wear to raise money for charity.

Co-op staff with manager Steven Cooper (far right) spent the day at work in beach wear to raise money for charity.

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STAFF at the Co-op superstore in Stornoway dug out their board shorts and sunglasses this week to help raise cash for charity in a special tropical dress-up day for staff.

Store manager Steven Cooper revealed generous shoppers have already donated a massive £11,000 which will go straight into the coffers of ENABLE Scotland with the store hoping to raise even more by the end of the year.

He said: “We’ve already raised £11,000 in store in the first-half of the year. We have raised the most of any of the stores in Scotland and Stornoway always does fantastically well for charity.

“We have targeted £20,000 by the end of the year so we’re more than half-way to that target.

“Today we went for some beach wear and we all have our shorts on and have buckets and spaces and things.”

ENABLE Scotland is the Co-operative’s Charity of the Year for 2011 with the money raised helping the charity transform the lives of 20,000 young people with a learning disability.

With the support of members and customers, staff across The Co-operative’s businesses, including food retail, travel, funerals, pharmacy, banking, insurance and farming have been taking part in a series of events in aid of ENABLE Scotland, and its sister charity Mencap, throughout the year.

Thanks to the efforts of Co-operative colleagues, ENABLE Scotland and Mencap are now rolling out their “Inspire Me” programme at locations across the UK, providing activities, training, employment and volunteering opportunities that will give young people with a learning disability the chance to build their confidence and develop life skills.