By Dan Bailey, Portfolio Strategy Manager, Co-op Property

Our annual Christmas charity hamper pack is something my colleagues and I always look forward to. Over the last three years, we’ve helped feed hundreds of vulnerable people across the North West.

The coronavirus pandemic has meant that more and more people are having to rely on food banks. Our Co-op has been there for our communities throughout and we in Property were inspired to do more to help tackle food poverty. We decided to do a spring fundraising drive, with the aim of making it bigger and better than ever before.

We did 5,000 hours of sponsored exercise

At the beginning of the year we set ourselves the challenge of doing 5,000 hours of exercise in just four weeks. Not an easy task when it’s dark, rainy and cold outside. We rose to the challenge though and walked, cycled and ran our way to the finish line, clocking up an impressive 5,620 hours in total. You could fly to Australia and back over 230 times in that time! You can see what we got up to on our Yammer page.

We raised an incredible amount by working together

Thanks to that incredible fundraising effort, and with the support of our suppliers, we were able to give £18,000 worth of food to seven foodbanks across Greater Manchester.  

Over 60 Property colleagues came to Angel Square over a few days to help organise, pack and deliver the food. Although social distancing meant we couldn’t have everyone there at once, it was great to see some colleagues face to face for the first time in over a year.

It was a true cross Co-op effort. Colleagues from operations, logistics and supply chain all helped out. We’d also like to thank our suppliers, Unilever and Princes, who helped us feed more people by donating lots of food.

Here’s what the donation will mean to The Mustard Tree, one of the charities we supported:

Co-op’s support has been amazing. The demand for food is ever increasing and thanks to the Co-op’s generosity we’re able to provide high quality produce to more people across Greater Manchester and Salford

Mustard Tree

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