Clothing clear outs help raise more than £7,000 for dementia support

Lincolnshire Co-operative Society. EMN-141011-185044001
Lincolnshire Co-operative Society. EMN-141011-185044001

Donated clothing in Sleaford has helped Lincolnshire Co-op raise more than £7,000 to support people affected by dementia.

The items were dropped off at Salvation Army clothing banks located on Lincolnshire Co-op property, including outside stores in Sleaford, Newark, Spalding, Grimsby, Lincoln, Louth, Market Rasen, Skegness and Boston.

In the period from April 2014 to September 2014, the Salvation Army collected nearly 50 tonnes of clothes, generating over £15,000 in profit.

Of this, Lincolnshire Co-op received £7,848 for the Alzheimer’s Society, its charity of the year.

So far the society has raised £90,717 for cause, which will go towards providing life-changing support for local people living with dementia.

Member engagement manager Richard Whittaker said: “It’s an impressive sum and we’re really grateful to be able to put it towards such a great cause.

“We couldn’t have raised this money without the continued support of our members and customers, so we’d like to say a big thank-you to them.”

Cake sales, charity cycle rides and fancy dress fun are just some of the ways that staff at Lincolnshire Co-op have teamed up to support Alzheimer’s Society since it became the ‘Charity of the Year’ in January.

Colleagues at the society have also signed up to become Dementia Friends, with 192 receiving training. The scheme is designed to create more dementia-friendly communities, and half a million people have signed up nationally so far.