Chelmsford Co-op makes a BIG difference to a small charity!

Chelmsford Star Co-operative has proudly announced that its employees, customers and members have together, raised a massive £38,734 for its eighth Charity of the Year, the J’s Hospice.

The year started in May 2014 and ran to the end of April, 2015 and during the period; numerous activities were run across the Society’s food, departmental store, funeral and travel outlets.

Employees took part in trials such as The Grand Canyon Challenge, Pedal for The J’s and numerous head and beard shaves! J’s collection tins were placed in over 40 stores plus several raffles were run over the year. The J’s Hospice ambassadors were in attendance at many events including two at the quadrant department store in Chelmsford, in conjunction with the Chelmsford Rotarians with their French themed evening and the Women’s Institute celebrating their 100 year anniversary. Over £1,000 was raised respectively at each event.

The J’s volunteers have also supported Halloween and Easter events held in Braintree Quadrant and George Yard having the opportunity to chat with local residents and raise vital funds. Vanessa Howard, Society Marketing and PR Manager said;

“Chelmsford Star Co-operative proudly supports Essex charities and we are happy that our customers can give knowing that their money is going directly to a local charity where their donation is hugely meaningful.

The J’s don’t expect money just to come to them; they work extremely hard as a team to come up with new opportunities to assist in their fund raising activities.  They are not afraid of going big and what a tall order they set themselves to put on Chelmsford’s 1st marathon! It was a huge task, but they pulled out all the stops and did it.”

The money raised by the Society will finance a J's Specialist Nurse for the coming year, ensuring a high standard of care for J's Hospice patients. Nikki Perry, Communications Manager at The J’s Hospice said;

“These funds will make a real and tangible difference to the lives of our young adult patients. Many have conditions which prevent them from living active lives – our role is to support and empower them to live their lives to the full – however short.”

The Society will soon start fund raising for its next Charity of the Year, MIND (SE and Central Essex). To date it has raised over £250k for its Charity of the Year initiative which started 8 years ago.