Food stores join forces to help Kayla

21 August 2012

Co-operative Food and David Sands stores across Fife, Perth and Kinross are teaming up to raise money to help a Glenrothes family whose two-year-old daughter needs pioneering surgery to help her walk.

Little Kayla has cerebral palsy, and her parents, Katie Bird and Grant Neilson, of Shiel Court, are trying to raise funds so she can have life-changing surgery at a specialist hospital in Missouri, United States.

Earlier this year The Co-operative Food completed its acquisition of the 28 David Sands stores across Fife, Kinross and Perthshire. Now, colleagues at the David Sands outlets, together with its Kinross head office and staff at 15 Co-operative Food stores in Fife, are joining forces to raise money for Kayla’s operation.

Fundraising organiser Keir Christie, of The Co-operative

All David Sands and Co-operative Food stores in Fife, Perth and Kinross will have in-store collection points for donations, and a series of additional fundraising events are being planned, from car boot sales to cake sales and a golf day.

Kayla’s mother, Katie Bird, said: “To have The Co-operative Food and David Sands stores supporting us with their fundraising is a tremendous boost. Hopefully the generosity of staff and customers will help us reach our target for Kayla to have the operation she needs.”

Additional Information:

The Co-operative Group is the UK’s largest mutual business, owned not by private shareholders but by over seven million consumers. It is Scotland’s fourth biggest food retailer, and the leading convenience store operator, with more than 370 food stores, covering an area from Shetland in the north to Annan in the south.

The Group is also a major financial services provider, operating The Co-operative Bank and The Co-operative Insurance. It is Scotland’s number one funeral services provider, a major pharmacy chain, and one of Britain’s largest farming operations.

As well as having clear financial and operational objectives, the Group has also set out its social and sustainability goals in its groundbreaking Ethical Plan, which specifies over 50 commitments in these areas.

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Contact Information:

Steve Broughton       
Assistant PR Manager - Regions
The Co-operative Group
07834 090 014