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Central England Co-operative colleagues and customers throughout the business are revitalising their fundraising efforts in a bid to hit the retailer’s charity target of £1.5million for Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children.

Support is coming from all areas of the business – supermarkets and convenience stores, florists, funeral homes and fuel stations.

November 4 saw the presentation of a cheque for £4,337 to Newlife Deputy Community Fundraising Manager Chris Fielding by Bretby Crematorium manager Nick French. Every penny will be spent on vital specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness, within the Central Co-operative trading area.

Nick French said: “We are delighted to have been able to play a part in supporting Newlife and helping to change the lives of disabled youngsters in the area.”

Chris Fielding added: “Central England Co-operative support has already helped more than 540 children get a wide range of specialist equipment to help them in their everyday lives. This has included everything from wheelchairs and walkers for mobility to car seats and beds to ensure their safety. This latest contribution will help other children get the equipment support they need to transform their lives.”

Pictured: Newlife’s Chris Fielding, left, accepts the cheque from Nick French, manager of Bretby Crematorium near Burton on Trent in Staffordshire.