Co-op raises £125k for Help for Heroes

LINCOLNSHIRE Co-operative’s 2,700 staff have raised an amazing £125,763 for Help for Heroes – an average of £46 per colleague.

Each year, employees throughout the business collect money for a charity voted for by the Society’s 210,000 members.

Help for Heroes uses money collected to support projects across the country which benefit wounded members of the armed forces and aid them in their recovery.

The money raised by the Society could go towards adapting housing for around 100 wounded individuals through the ‘Quick Reaction Fund’, it could pay for individual recovery plans to help those who have to move back into civilian life get the best start, or it could provide funding for personal recovery centres.

Lincolnshire Co-op’s Chief Executive Ursula Lidbetter said: “We knew it was going to be a great year because locally people really identify with Help for Heroes.

“We didn’t expect quite such an amazing total though. It’s fantastic and a tribute to the efforts all our staff have made in finding weird and wonderful ways to raise money throughout the year.”

Customers donated £16,000 to the total through collection boxes. The sale of wristbands raised more than £20,000 and staff who chose to give the ‘odd pence’ of their wage to the fund raised £1,600.

Co-founder of Help for Heroes Bryn Parry said: “H4H is all about doing your bit and Lincolnshire Co-op’s continued support of us this year has been simply fantastic.

“The money they have raised is greatly needed and hugely appreciated. On behalf of everyone at Help for Heroes and all those who the money will benefit, thank you.”