Heart of England Co-op raises £22k for Myton Hospices

Jo Dyke of the Heart of England Co-operative Society, Hannah Morris of The Myton Hospices, Ali Kurji, chief executive of the Society,Hanne Hoeck, president of the Society and Kate Lee, chief executive of The Myton Hospices
Jo Dyke of the Heart of England Co-operative Society, Hannah Morris of The Myton Hospices, Ali Kurji, chief executive of the Society,Hanne Hoeck, president of the Society and Kate Lee, chief executive of The Myton Hospices
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Heart of England Co-operative Society employees have raised £22,000 for The Myton Hospices to help staff continue to care for terminally ill people.

The 1,000-strong Co-op workforce, operating out of some 60 food, non-food and funeral branches across Warwickshire, Coventry, south Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, held an array of events for The Myton Hospices, including raffles, fancy dress days, slimming clubs and pudding evenings.

Now the colleagues have chosen to support the charity – which runs hospices in Rugby, Coventry and Warwick - for another year and are already thinking up more wacky ideas to keep the coins rolling in.

Ali Kurji, chief executive of the Society, said: “It has been a fantastic 12 months and some of the fundraising ideas from our members of staff have really captured the imagination.

“There are a great many of us within the society who have had personal dealings with Myton over the years.

“We know they do a fantastic job to support terminally ill people and their families in their hours of need but we also know that without ongoing support from events such as those organised over the past 12 months that support would not be able to continue.”

The Myton Hospices touches the lives of almost 4,000 people each year through its patient and family support service. The charity needs to raise nearly £8 million a year to run its services.

Myton’s chief executive, Kate Lee, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you and well done to staff from the Heart of England Co-operative Society for raising an incredible £22,000 for us so far through all of their fundraising.

“This fantastic amount of money is enough to pay for an inpatient bed for 41 days or cover the cost of 163 counselling sessions for bereaved children.”

For more information about The Myton Hospices and the services provided, go to www.mytonhospice.org or call (01788) 550 085.