April 5, 2017

Beyond the 1%

Co-op Membership has changed

Since the publication of this article Co-op membership has changed – we are giving even more back to your community. Every time you buy selected Co-op branded products and services money goes to you and your community too. Find out more about Co-op Membership or download the app now.

I recently visited my local cause, the Rescue Me Animal Sanctuary. It was lovely to meet Steph and Heather from the charity and understand more about where my 1% community reward is going.

We filmed a short video so we could encourage more Co-op Members to choose their local cause before 8 April; after which a new contingent of 4,000 local causes will replace our existing 1% recipients for the next six months.

However, a few days after I visited, we heard that the sanctuary’s only charity shop in the Wirral had been affected by a suspected gas explosion, which levelled buildings in the area. There were two serious injuries reported and several people who received minor injuries. Thankfully no one from the sanctuary (animal or human) was hurt, but the damage to the shop was substantial.

Co-op Membership has changed

The shop is the charity’s main source of income and this comes at a particularly bad time for Steph, Heather and the team because they’ve just been faced with a £2,000 Vet’s bill for four poorly cats in their care.

We quickly got in touch with the team to check they were OK and popped by with a donation of £1000 on behalf of our Co-op and members to help the sanctuary get back on its feet. This donation is on top of the support our Co-op Members are already giving to Rescue Me Animal Sanctuary by choosing them as their local cause.

The team have since been allowed back into their shop, which is great news, meaning they can continue raising funds.

All current local causes, including Rescue Me Animal Sanctuary, will receive their share of our Co-op Members’ 1% community reward from 19 April.

You too can support Rescue Me Animal Sanctuary by donating online.

Nick Crofts
President National Members’ Council

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  1. Great to see the Coop in action by making a real difference


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