Food stores join forces to help Kayla

09/03/2012 (press release: OnlinePR) // The Co-operative Food

Co-operative Food and David Sands stores across Fife, Perth and Kinross are teaming up to raise money to help a Glenrothes family whose two-year-old daughter needs pioneering surgery to help her walk.

Little Kayla has cerebral palsy, and her parents, Katie Bird and Grant Neilson, of Shiel Court, are trying to raise funds so she can have life-changing surgery at a specialist hospital in Missouri, United States.

Earlier this year The Co-operative Food completed its acquisition of the 28 David Sands stores across Fife, Kinross and Perthshire. Now, colleagues at the David Sands outlets, together with its Kinross head office and staff at 15 Co-operative Food stores in Fife, are joining forces to raise money for Kayla’s operation.

Fundraising organiser Keir Christie, of The Co-operative, said: “Both David Sands and The Co-operative Food have traditions of playing important roles in their local communities, and raising money for the Kayla Fund is about community spirit, pulling together to make a difference to a local family’s life.”

All David Sands and Co-operative Food stores in Fife, Perth and Kinross will have in-store collection points for donations, and a series of additional fundraising events are being planned, from car boot sales to cake sales and a golf day.

Kayla’s mother, Katie Bird, said: “To have The Co-operative Food and David Sands stores supporting us with their fundraising is a tremendous boost. Hopefully the generosity of staff and customers will help us reach our target for Kayla to have the operation she needs.”

Additional Information:

The Co-operative Group is the UK’s largest mutual business, owned not by private shareholders but by over seven million consumers. It is Scotland’s fourth biggest food retailer, and the leading convenience store operator, with more than 370 food stores, covering an area from Shetland in the north to Annan in the south.

The Group is also a major financial services provider, operating The Co-operative Bank and The Co-operative Insurance. It is Scotland’s number one funeral services provider, a major pharmacy chain, and one of Britain’s largest farming operations.

As well as having clear financial and operational objectives, the Group has also set out its social and sustainability goals in its groundbreaking Ethical Plan, which specifies over 50 commitments in these areas.

Further information is available at www.co-operative.coop

Contact Information:

Steve Broughton

Assistant PR Manager – Regions

The Co-operative Group

07834 090 014

steve.broughton@co-operative.coop

About The Co-operative

The Co-operative Group is the UK’s largest mutual business, owned not by private shareholders but by over six million consumers. It is the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer, the leading convenience store operator and a major financial services provider, operating The Co-operative Bank, Britannia and The Co-operative Insurance. Among its other businesses are the number one funeral services provider and Britain’s largest farming operation. As well as having clear financial and operational objectives, the Group has also set out its social and sustainability goals in its groundbreaking Ethical Plan, which specifies almost 50 commitments in these areas.

The Group operates 4,800 retail trading outlets, employs more than 106,000 people and has an annual turnover of more than £13bn.

The Co-operative Food is part of The Co-operative Group. They have a store in every single UK Postal area meaning Halloween recipes from The Co-operative Food are in easy reach of everyone and many can enjoy the wine offers available.