WIGAN turned tropical as a food store held a summer beach party.
Staff from the Co-operative Food store in Norley Hall Avenue donned their sun hats and shades to raise funds for the Carers’ Trust, the retail chain’s Charity of the Year.
Co-op manager Lynn Meadows said: “It was great to think that while we were creating a holiday atmosphere in store we were raising funds to provide much needed breaks for young carers across the UK.
“We’re determined to keep the fund-raising momentum going and are planning more events before the year is out.”
There are an estimated 500,000 young adult carers in the UK and money raised by the Co-op will help the charity in its work to tackle feelings of isolation and to provide desperately needed breaks, information, advice and support for 14 to 25-year-olds facing the challenges of caring for a loved one.
With the support of members and customers, staff across the Co-op’s businesses, including food retail, funerals, pharmacy, banking and farming have been taking part in a series of events in aid of Carers Trust throughout the year.
Overall, the Co-op is aiming to raise £5m during 2013, which will help fund programmes that provide young carers with residential breaks, giving them a chance to focus on their ambitions, putting their own physical health and mental well-being first.