Central England Co-operative’s Bakewell supermarket manager Wayne Ingham joined 19 colleagues, friends and family on a seven-mile sponsored walk in the Peak District to raise £450 to help disabled children in Derbyshire.
Central England Co-operative is supporting Newlife Foundation, the largest charity funder of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness in the UK. Colleagues and customers across the retail group have already raised more than £836,000 for Newlife and now its ‘One Million Steps for One Million Pounds’ initiative is aiming to reach the landmark fundraising figure.
Already, 389 children across the retailer’s trading area have been provided with the vital equipment they need for everyday life, including manual and powered wheelchairs, specialist buggies and seating, standing and walking frames, stair climbers and communication aids. Forty-nine of these children live in Derbyshire.
Wayne, who has recently joined the Market Street store, said: “We wanted to do our bit to support Newlife Foundation, which is Central England Co-operative’s staff-elected charity. Newlife does some amazing work supporting disabled children and we are proud to be involved with that.
“The walk, on Sunday 7 June, was good fun for everyone who took part; so much so that we are now planning a second sponsored walk in aid of Newlife Foundation for Sunday 13 September. Anyone from the local area who is interested in joining us can contact our store’s ‘community champion’ Lorna Sellors on 01629 816900.”
For full details of Newlife Foundation’s range of practical support for children with disabilities and terminal illness, and their families, call the Newlife Nurse Helpline – 0800 902 0095 (free from UK landlines and mobiles) – or go to: https://newlifecharity.co.uk