07/12/2012 (press release: OnlinePR) // The Midcounties Co-operative Funeralcare
Staff from a Stourport funeral home have revamped a children’s play area at a West Mercia Women’s Aid refuge for women affected by domestic abuse.
Five volunteers from The Midcounties Co-operative Funeralcare in Bridge Street, Stourport, have cleared the garden and painted the play area at the refuge, which is run by West Mercia Women’s Aid Worcestershire.
Kelly Payton, a Funeral Director at the Bridge Street branch, said: “We chose the refuge’s play area because it’s for children and that drove us because we are parents and grandparents ourselves. We wanted to give something back to the future generation.”
“It also ties into International Year of the Co-operatives, which is all about working together to create a better future for young people.”
Michelle Sealey, Regional Hostels and Helpline Manager for West Mercia Women’s Aid, said: “It’s now a much nicer environment for the children and, as a charity, it was something we couldn’t afford to do. It’s so kind that the Midcounties Co-operative Funeralcare stepped in.”
Other local businesses also provided help for the refuge. B&Q in Stourport donated eight bags of bark, while Wigley DIY of Barracks Road also provided bark and edging roll.
West Mercia Women’s Aid comprehensive support services, including temporary refuge accommodation, community support programmes for women and children fleeing domestic abuse. West Mercia Women’s Aid also offers a 24 hour Domestic Abuse Helpline for women living in Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford/Wrekin – 0800 980 3331 & 0800 783 1359.
The Midcounties Co-operative has an extensive colleague volunteer programme where colleagues can spend up to three days a year on volunteering activity as part of their paid work time.
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Notes to Editors
The Midcounties Co-operative has its headquarters in Warwickshire, with trading outlets in Oxfordshire, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Shropshire, West Midlands, Worcestershire and the surrounding counties.
The Society’s trading groups are food retail, funeral, travel, pharmacy, childcare nurseries, employee benefits and energy. The Midcounties Co-operative is the largest independent co-operative society in the UK and has more than 470 branches, and 245,000 active trading members. It is in The Sunday Times Best 100 Companies To Work For list for the second year running.
The Society’s mission statement is ‘To be a successful consumer co-operative working towards creating a better, fairer world, and to enhance the lives of our colleagues, members, customers, and the communities we serve’.
About The Midcounties Co-operative Funeralcare
The Midcounties Co-operative funeralcare has over 70 local funeral homes throughout the West Midlands, Oxfordshire, Swindon and Gloucestershire areas which offer a full range of services for all types of funeral. We also offer a complete range of memorial options through our Masonry service together with the opportunity to make funeral plans and a memorial in advance through selecting one of our excellent range of Pre-Payment Funeral and Pre-Payment Masonry Plans.
For more details call Sam Webb at Seal on 0121 616 5800.
The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2012 as the International Year of Co-operatives, highlighting the contribution of co-operatives to socio-economic development, particularly their impact on poverty reduction, employment generation and social integration. The Year will highlight the strengths of the co-operative business model as an alternative means of doing business and furthering socio-economic development.