Rosemere Cancer Foundation bagged the ultimate Christmas bargain when its Grants & Corporate Fundraising manager Cathy Skidmore visited the Co-op’s Ripon Street store in Preston.
Its staff presented Cathy with a whopping £1,811.25 for the charity’s 20 Years Anniversary Appeal to fund a trio of ground-breaking projects at Rosemere Cancer Centre, Lancashire and South Cumbria’s regional specialist cancer treatment centre at the Royal Preston Hospital, which is this year celebrating the 20th anniversary of its opening.
The donation comes from the Co-op’s Local Community Fund along with funds donated by the Ripon Street store through a raffle and collection tins. The Co-op Community Fund has been supporting the 20 Years Anniversary Appeal, which now stands at more than half way towards its £1.5 million target, since the start of autumn.
Sales of carrier bags, a percentage of takings on certain own brand products bought by members of the supermarket chain’s loyalty scheme plus money from counter collection tins, raffles organised by staff and gifts in kind made up the amount raised.
Cathy said: “We are very grateful to be a beneficiary of the Co-op’s Local Community Fund. The supermarket’s nearest store to the Rosemere Cancer Centre is the Ripon Street store and I know the staff there have given us great support and put a lot of hard work into helping achieve what is a very generous donation.
“In addition to thanking them, I would also like to thank all the store’s customers, who have joined in the fundraising by buying raffle tickets and adding their change to collection tins. It has been a genuine community effort and through the appeal, every penny raised will stay local.”
As Co-op Funeralcare also supports the Co-op Local Community Fund, McKenna Funeral Directors in Meadow Street, Preston has also supported the charity.
As well as supporting Rosemere Cancer Centre, Rosemere Cancer Foundation works to fund projects to bring world class cancer treatments and services to another eight hospitals in Lancashire and South Cumbria where cancer patients are also treated.