I’m proud to announce that Co-op’s Internal Audit team has helped raise more than £2,000 for Co-op Foundation, after organising a sponsored 12-hour fast for colleagues for Ramadan.
It was an idea that started with a conversation between team members Sheila Horrocks and Tahira Jabeen – and then, well, it went viral!
Forty colleagues from across Co-op joined in with our fundraising idea and, after setting a modest £250 target, we’ve actually raised almost eight times that already.
This was my first ever fast and, I have to admit, it was much harder than I expected. The most difficult bit for me was not being able to have a brew after a meeting and I also found it hard to eat again once the fast was over. I knew I needed something but I just wasn’t hungry.
I’m sure I speak for everyone who took part when I say what an eye-opener it’s been. I now have a much greater appreciation of how difficult fasting is – even for one day – and I’m happy that I will now be more able to support colleagues who fast in the future.
It was also wonderful to raise money for Co-op Foundation, which is working hard to tackle youth loneliness and support disadvantaged communities all over the UK.
It’s a great cause and I really enjoyed meeting Jim, Head of the Foundation, and Hamza, who has benefited from foundation funding, at an Eid celebration lunch last week.
Thank you to all colleagues who joined in with the sponsored fast in aid of Co-op Foundation.
And remember, you can choose them as your local cause by logging into your membership account.
Senior Business Auditor