The search for out next charity of the year is underway...

Since 2006, Chelmsford Star Co-operative has supported a different local charity each year to be the focus for staff fundraising. Over this time through a variety of initiatives and events, we have raised over £300,000 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 and Kids Inspire.

This year we are working with Little Havens. (Since our AGM in May 2017) To make a donation online please CLICK HERE.

The amount raised for Kids Inspire in 2017 was announced on 8th May 2017 as £34,319.51.

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)
  • 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 45 branches from Braintree to Southend-on-Sea. You should be able to supply not only 150 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 2018:

  • Applications must be received by the Society by 12th March 2018.
  • 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 around May time.

How to apply

Interested parties for 2018 should email Susan Sullivan, President at or write to her at 220 Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0LS by 12th March 2018. 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.