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Droylsden Charity Shop in ‘Apprentice-style’ Co-op Challenge
Tuesday 6th September 2016 @ 13:58 by Tom Greggan
Droylsden News

A Droylsden charity shop is the venue for an Apprentice-style take over by a team from Co-op on Monday.

A pop-up Co-op shop will appear at the British Red Cross on Queen’s Walk, as the Co-op team competes against fellow colleagues after the charity handed over the running of three of its North West stores to its charity partner, the Co-op, for the innovative fundraising challenge.

Designed to raise money and awareness to tackle loneliness and social isolation in local communities, be a range of brand new electrical bargains supplied by the Co-op will be available for one day only, as well as a special prize draw and other offers and promotions including many buy one get one free items.

Money raised during the challenge, which is modelled on Lord Alan Sugar’s popular TV reality show, will benefit the Co-op’s two year partnership and campaign with the British Red Cross which is working to tackle loneliness and social isolation in local communities.

The Co-op’s Head of Membership and Co-operative Relations, Russell Gill – who is leading the Droylsden fundraising bid on the day, said: “While the day promises to be great fun, we are also treating it as a unique opportunity to raise funds and awareness for our two year campaign with the British Red Cross which will highlight and address the impact that loneliness can have in our communities.

“We have electrical bargains, prize draws and kits which enable people to make a meal or even just a cuppa for someone who is lonely. There are lots of other offers available in store too.

“Loneliness affects people of all ages and backgrounds and can be found in all types of communities – in fact, a cheery chat in the local Co-op may be the only conversation that some people in our community have all day.

“The money raised on Monday with the help of the Droylsden community will help to make a huge difference, contributing to the Co-op’s work with the British Red Cross to tackle the impact of loneliness and social isolation which can be felt by people all around us.”