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It’s only a month to go until our second celebration day on 25 November. If the first was anything to go by I can’t wait for this one. Last time all our colleagues, members and causes pulled out all the stops to make it a day to remember.

It was fantastic to see colleagues from Food join forces with Funeralcare, and for colleagues from Insurance, Legal Services and our support centres, go into stores and share in the celebrations.

We’ve certainly got a lot to celebrate this time. After this pay-out we’ll have given an incredible £20 million in total to local causes in our community – that’s an amount that no other business can even come close to. And it’s all down to you and our members.

What our colleagues are planning

In stores colleagues are gearing up for the day already, inviting their local causes to share in the celebrations, deciding on what outfits to wear, and channelling their inner Star Baker to create some showstoppers to share.

Store manager Paula Ware told me what her store in Marple has planned.

We’re a petrol station store so we don’t have lots of space but that’s not stopping us from inviting down one of our local causes, The Marple Band (a community brass band), to play some tunes for an hour. We can’t wait.”

Martin Brown, manager of our Palace Avenue store in Paignton, is looking forward to a great day with his team:

We’ve got two causes coming in to thank members for their support and show them where the funding goes. We’ll be dressing up, doing a cake sale and we’re working on some other ideas to make it a fantastic day for our community.”

Our Funeralcare colleagues will continue celebrating from 27 November to 1 December visiting local causes in their area. Ruth Teal, from Bridge of Allan, said:

We helped six charities over round two, working especially closely with Going Forward and Bridge of Allan Stroke Group. My advice for colleagues is to call your local causes and make sure you’re ready to celebrate with them in November.”

How you can be part of it

If you can, get down to your local store on Saturday 25 November and show your support for our store colleagues and your local causes. Make sure you get on social media and share your photos and stories throughout the day using #TheCoopWay.

We’ve put together some helpful advice for support centre colleagues so you can help our Food and Funeralcare colleagues on the day and throughout the week.

I’ll be spending time in stores and sharing my day on Twitter.

Let’s make this celebration day even better than the last one.

Thanks for your support.

Chris Whitfield
Retail and Logistics Director


Field team and store colleagues: look out for your guide to celebration day in your week 44 Weekly Bulletin.

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  1. zyour Co op t shirts should be made more readily available. I have been trying to get my boss to get four for myself and my charity team for 12 months now. On top of locsl causes we have raised over £3,000 for smaller community charities thst don’t meet the criteria for membership funding. I am sure we deserve t shirts but my boss says he can’t get them. And even as a on the NMC even I can’t get one. Our store has a high percentage of membership and constant publicity with our Facebook page. (liskeard co op and Community). We attended 4 events in our town in the summer, taking the Co op out into our community to meet people not yet customers, and a Co op t shirt for each of my team would be so encouraging. I have just been made a Member Pioneer so even more good work to be done. My team loved our community.

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