Co-op shoppers raise over £7k for Axiom Homeless Action - 8 May 17
Homeless people accessing help and accommodation from Axiom Homeless Action in Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire, will benefit from a cash boost of £7,715 thanks to a three-month Lincolnshire Co-op fundraising campaign.
Axiom Housing Association, which manages the charity, is one of 14 organisations tackling homelessness in the county that was chosen to benefit from Co-op’s Community Champions’ scheme.
The organisations share a total fundraising pot of £290,000 generated by a donation being made every time a member shops in a Lincolnshire Co-op outlet using their dividend card. The money was raised between December 2016 and February 2017.
Pete Middlemiss, Senior Service Manager at Axiom’s Market Rasen House and Gainsborough Foyer, said: “I was contacted in late October by Sam Turner, Lincolnshire Co-op’s Community Engagement Manager who asked if I would like to do something to help raise awareness of homeless and I didn’t’ hesitate in saying yes.
“At Christmas time I spoke to a 500-strong church congregation in Gainsborough as well as to local councillors to encourage them to visit Gainsborough Foyer and Market Rasen House. I cannot believe that such an amazing amount of money has been raised from shoppers just using their Co-op membership cards. I feel honoured to have been involved.”
Sam Turner, Co-op Engagement Manager said: “We’ve been blown away by the generosity of our members, customers and colleagues. Together, we have been able to offer a huge amount of support – both financial and practical. ”
Photo: L to R: Lincolnshire Co-op’s President, Stuart Parker with Pete Middlemiss from Axiom.