Lincolnshire Co-op's appeal is helping the children's hospice.

 

Shoppers have given Andy's at St Andrew's Hospice a helping hand to the tune of £12,463. 

Nine charities that care for people and families in the area were the Lincolnshire Co-op Society’s chosen Community Champions from March to May.

A wide range of activities took place over the period to reach a massive £144,000 total, including fundraising, volunteering and raising awareness about the work hospices do.

Hundreds of colleagues took part in a sponsored pedometer challenge. Teams from across the business area also got together to complete organised walks, including food store colleagues completing a 12k trek along the Cleethorpes coast and a team from Head Office walking 20 miles around each Lincoln food store.

Generous holiaymakers donated £1 to the cause every time they booked a trip at one of our 13 travel branches, adding thousands to the total.

And every time a member shopped in a Lincolnshire Co-op outlet using their dividend card, a donation was added to the fundraising pot. Proceeds from the carrier bag charge and staff fundraising were also added.

Lincolnshire Co-op’s Community Engagement Manager Sam Turner said: "We’re over the moon that communities have come together to raise such a fantastic amount of money for these truly worthwhile causes.

"Not many people know about the work that hospices do for people who are facing a really difficult time. The groups we worked with have shared inspirational and uplifting stories of the care they provide, because hospices are much more than just a place to die. We’re proud to support their work and message."

A presentation took place at Olsen Park in Lincoln. Hospice events manager ZaZa Warren and hospice representative Alison Lark collected our amazing £12,463 donation.

ZaZa said: “We’re the only children’s hospice in the whole of Lincolnshire and we cover a massive catchment area, so it’s important to get community support.

"One of the projects we’re looking at is updating our children’s garden. We have a lovely space at the moment, but we’d like to make it more accessible and disability-friendly. One of the items we’re looking at is a specially-adapted swing so everyone can have fun at Andy’s."

 

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