Community News: Co-op Funeralcare provide start-up packs for homeless

14 July 2016

The Bride of Allan Co-op Funeralcare team in Stirling has teamed up with a local food bank charity to provide essential start-up food packs for people who have gone through periods of homelessness.

The charity, Start-up Stirling, help to support families and individuals throughout periods of homelessness and financial hardship in the central Scotland area.

They were in dire need of food packages for families and individuals who were just entering accommodation for the first time after being on the streets. The local Co-op Funeralcare team were only too happy to help, after having a close connection with the charity since their Easter egg donations last year. 

Ruth Teal, Funeral Arranger for Co-op Funeralcare Bride of Allan and organizer of the start-up packs, commented:

“We have a long-standing relationship with Start-up Stirling, and we’re well aware of the vital service they provide to people of the community. When I realised what a pressing need they had for these food parcels, I got in touch with the Bride of Allan Co-op food store to see what we could do to help.

“Our electrical goods team also got involved, and overall we were able to provide everything from Bosch kettles, tea, coffee and hot chocolate, to sanitary items, cleaning products and meals that you can make only using a kettle. I think our donation shows the Co-op commitment to helping those in need, and hopefully our donation will support people through the first few days of their tenancy.”

Joanie Littlejohn, Development Worker for Start-up Stirling, added: “We’d like to thank Ruth and the rest of the Co-op team for their generous donations. These much-needed starter packs will help many families through a very difficult time, and help them to transition between homelessness to having a house or flat to call their own.”



Notes to Editors:
For further information please contact:
Caroline Canty: / 0161 767 6477
Emily Dalton: / 0161 767 4323

About Co-op Funeralcare:
Co-op Funeralcare is the UK’s leading funeral director and part of the Co-op Group, the UK’s largest co-op business, whose purpose is “Championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities.”

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About the Co-op:
The Co-op, which is the UK’s largest co-operative business with interests across food, funerals, insurance and legal services, has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by millions of UK consumers, the Co-op operates a total of 3,750 outlets, with more than 70,000 employees and an annual turnover of approximately £11 billion.