STAFF from The Co-operative Food Store in Hedon Market Place dressed up as Big Babies in aid of The Co-operative charity of the year for 2013, the Carers Trust last week, while staff from the big Co-op store on Hull Road sold tickets for a Trolley Dash prize!
Vicky Frost said from little Co-op, said: “We were looking for fun ways to raise money for Carers Trust and all the work they do with young adult carers, and also raise awareness of what carers actually do.”
After having their photo taken, the Big Babies went racing around Hedon for their fundraising collection.
Meanwhile on Sunday, Harry Archer from Patrington claimed his Trolley Dash prize at the big Co-op!
Harry, the landlord of the Hildyard Arms in Patrington, had 60 seconds to race around the store and collect as many items off the shelves as he could.
Did he have a plan? Did he have a list of items to aim for? Harry shook his head and said he would just ‘go for it’ and see what happens.
Just over one minute later, Harry – and ‘only slightly puffed’ – had collected £277.77 worth of shopping including a vacuum cleaner! Harry quickly looked over his winnings and decided instead to opt for the fall-back prize of £250 pounds worth of savings certificates to spend in the store.
Karen Scargill from the big store was delighted that the sale of trolley dash tickets had raised £321 for the Carers Trust.
Both events were part of a week-long ‘Care O’ Clock’ campaign coinciding with when the clocks went back last weekend, giving everyone an extra hour in their day. The campaign asked Co-operative Group employees what they would do to fundraise for young adult carers with their extra hour.
There are an estimated 500,000 unpaid young adult carers in the UK. These are 14-25 year-olds who care for a family member or friend and who often sacrifice their own future prospects in order to care for their loved ones. Young adult carers are twice as likely to be not in education, employment, or training.
Carers Trust are The Co-operative’s charity of the year for 2013. The money raised from the partnership with The Co-operative aims to transform the lives of at least 20,000 young adult carers through support, mentoring, respite breaks, local projects and public awareness initiatives.