As part of the Midcounties Co-operative, our employees and members go above and beyond to make a real difference in the communities we serve. If you want to find out more about what we mean when we say this, take a look at these 4 ways we’ve helped our communities over the past year.
Because we’re so proud of everything our employees and members do, we thought we’d shine a light on some of our Co-op community heroes. To kick things off, we’re taking a trip down to Walsall.
Earlier this month, our colleagues from two of our Walsall sites decided to challenge each other to a charity football match. The aim, apart from giving one branch bragging rights over the other, was to see how much money they could raise for Street Teams.
Street Teams is a local charity based in Walsall, that works with children and young people at risk of, and affected by, sexual exploitation, grooming and trafficking. They do fantastic work with boys and girls from all backgrounds, running workshops, offering one-on-one support and training for parents and professionals.
So, on Sunday 3rd September, teams from our Hatherton and Bloxwich sites arrived, ready to take part in some friendly competition and put their skills to the test! Each player donated £10 to our collection, while those watching but not playing donated £3 each. And to make things interesting and provide some further inspiration, DCA Manager Steve Bonning agreed that if the office could raise £100, he’d play the match wearing a dress!
Well, not that the teams needed any further motivation, but this target was swiftly surpassed, meaning Steve had no choice but to see out his end of the bargain (and he looked absolutely lovely in his dress, for those wondering).
The match ended with Hatherton winning 5-0, and both teams raising an impressive combined total of £806.05! We spoke to a few players after the final whistle to get their thoughts on the result, and the day in general.
“The football match between both sites went pretty well. Both sides still wanted to win, which made the game more serious. I really enjoyed playing, and the real winner was Street Teams! It was an honour to help support such a good cause. This is where we differ from other companies, as we always go that extra mile to help other organisations.” – Harbs, Team Hatherton.
“I really enjoyed the day, and it was excellent to hear how much money we raised. The highlight for me was seeing Steve in his dress, looking like Kat Slater! Roll on the rematch!” – Ash, Team Bloxwich.
“The charity game was a great initiative to raise some money for a fantastic cause. The competitive element was certainly there, with some great football played, and a good laugh had between both sides. Although some of the lads are still a bit sore, I’m sure it’s something that would be welcomed to take place again in the near future.” – Aaron, Team Bloxwich.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the day and was delighted with the amount of money raised for Street Teams. Even though we lost the game, I think we all had a great time and would love to have a rematch against them soon!” – Sal, Team Bloxwich.
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