A flurry of fundraising fun swept across the UK at the weekend as employees of The Co-operative Group marked this year’s Red Cross Week.
From bake sales to sponsored cycles, raffles to slime baths, Co-op staff were busy raising funds as part of our charity partnership to help tackle loneliness and social isolation across the UK.
Last month it was announced that The Co-op had already raised £1million towards this partnership – so we were excited to see what went down at Co-op stores all over the country for the Big Red Weekend.
The Big Red Weekend reached communities at all levels – including our chief executive who visited his local Co-op in Malmesbury.
— Mike Adamson (@MichaelAdamson5) May 14, 2016
Even people’s pets got in on the action.
— Katie Pauline (@Katie_Pauline) May 16, 2016
Co-op stores in Aldridge and Kirkham gave customers the chance to throw squirty-cream plates or tomatoes at their employees.
— Co-op Food Aldridge (@coopaldridge) May 15, 2016
— Kirkham Co-op (@KirkhamCoOp) May 15, 2016
While over in Blackpool, employees took a dip in a bath full of slime.
— Harewood CoopJackson (@JacksonM_Retail) May 14, 2016
Bake sales and food raffles were popular activities all over, including at these stores in Prestwick and Heworth.
— Co-op Prestwick (@CoPrestwick) May 14, 2016
— Co-op Heworth (@CoopfoodHeworth) May 15, 2016
Elsewhere, employees grabbed buckets and sponges to create pop-up car washes.
— Co-op Hall St (@hall_st) May 14, 2016
Racking up the miles
Over in Tarporley, The Co-op gathered people to contribute to a 10 mile walkathon on a treadmill in their store, while other employees took on a half marathon.
— Co-op Tarporley (@cooptarporley) May 14, 2016
— Co-op Tarporley (@cooptarporley) May 15, 2016
At The Co-op store in Beverley, a young man called Tom took part in a sponsored head shave.
— Beverley Co-op (@BeverleyCo_Op) May 15, 2016
A great success
The Co-operative Group has proved you really can put the fun in fundraising.
They will also donate 50 pence to the Red Cross for every member that votes at their upcoming annual general meeting on 21 May.
We’d like to say a big thank you to all The Co-op’s employees, members and customers for their involvement so far.
Clearly The Co-op is on a fundraising roll – we can’t wait to see what you get up to next.