Community News: Co-op’s golf day raises over £600 for British Red Cross

17 October 2016

Broken Cross Co-op Funeralcare has raised £640.55 as part of a charity golf event, to generate funds for British Red Cross and their partnership with the Co-op to tackle loneliness and social isolation across the UK.

A total of 16 golfers played through the course at Macclesfield Golf Club, and a tombola, champagne lottery and hamper raffle followed. There was also a 4-ball auction, where the prize of a round of golf for four players at a top local course went to the highest bidders. All proceeds from the activities went to British Red Cross.

Julie Burgess and Gillian Crawford, Funeral Arrangers based at Broken Cross Funeralcare in Macclesfield, organized the event, which was held at Macclesfield Golf Club on 9th September.

Commenting on the day, Julie Burgess said:

“Gillian and I loved organising this event, which we hold every year for a different local charity. It is always very well-received by the local community, and it was clear this year that everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Most importantly though, we helped to raise a lot of money and awareness for a cause that needs more support across the UK.”

Loneliness affects millions of people, with research by the Co-op our revealing that one in seven Co-op members and customers, regardless of their age, background or community are affected by the issue.

Tracey Crich, Senior Community Fundraiser for the British Red Cross, added:

“Activities like these that engage the whole community are a really effective way of raising awareness of the serious issue of loneliness in the UK. The money raised will help us provide vital care and support for people experiencing or at risk of loneliness., Thanks to the Co-op Funeralcare team at Broken Cross for their hard work with this event.”

Notes to Editors:

For further information please contact:

Caroline Canty: caroline.canty@co-operative.coop / 0161 767 6477

Emily Dalton: emily.dalton@co-operative.coop / 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.” Further information is available at: www.co-operativefuneralcare.co.uk

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.

About the British Red Cross and Co-op partnership:

The Co-op and British Red Cross are working in partnership to highlight and tackle loneliness and social isolation in communities across the UK. We will provide vital care and support to help thousands of people experiencing loneliness reconnect with their communities, and ensure that the voices of people experiencing loneliness are heard.

We have undertaken a major piece of research that will inform the services funded by the money raised by Co-op colleagues, members and customers; details will be announced later in 2016.

For further information see http://www.coop.co.uk/our-ethics/charity-partnership/about-our-charity-partnership