Charity of the Year

Since 2006, Chelmsford Star Co-operative has supported a different local charity each year to be the focus for all fundraising. Over this time through a variety of initiatives and events, we have raised over £395,000 which has benefited the Essex Air Ambulance, Helen Rollason Heal Cancer, Little Havens Children’s Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support,  Families InFocus(Essex), Canine Partners, Essex Dementia Care, The J's Hospice, MIND, Kids Inspire and Little Haven's.

This year we are working with Alzheimer's Society. (Since our AGM in May 2018) 

The total amount raised for Little Havens in 2018 was announced on 14th May 2018 as £77,911.60.

Their mission is to transform the landscape of dementia forever. Until the day we find a cure, we will strive to create a society where those affected by dementia are supported and accepted, able to live in their community without fear or prejudice.

How can you support?

  • Donating to collecting tins at our many till points
  • Donating 1p or more from your change at till points in our food stores
  • Buying raffle tickets for prize draws offered in our stores throughout the year
  • Buying tickets for events held in our department stores (see events)
  • Donate on our online fundraising page:
  • Gifting

How to become our Charity of the Year

If you are interested in applying to be our Charity of the Year partner please read the information below to ensure that you meet the criteria.


  • You must be a bona fide charity with Essex coverage
  • We raise on average £30,000 for our charity partner and you should provide information on a specific project we can help fund.
  • We have over 50 branches from Braintree to Southend-on-Sea. You should be able to supply not only 180 collecting tins, but fundraising ideas and opportunities. You will be required to make contact with our individual stores and assist in local initiatives as and when required.

The selection process for 2019:

  • Applications must be received by the Society by 11th March 2019.
  • Up to 6 charities will be selected from the applications and invited to present in March.
  • 3 charities will be short-listed and will go forward to the staff vote in April.
  • The winning charity will be notified and introduced at the Annual General Meeting on 13th May 2019.

How to apply

Interested parties for 2019 should email Pauline Dodd, Society President at or write to her at 220 Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0LS by 11th March 2019. A succinct summary (maximum of 2 pages of A4) of your charity’s work would be helpful including why your charity should be considered and what you require the funds for.