Retail Gazette Loves: Captain Tom’s local Co-op donates £10k to NHS for his 100th

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To celebrate Captain Tom Moore’s 100 birthday, his local Central England Co-op has joined with the community to create a special display and donate £10,00 to his record-breaking NHS fundraising efforts.
The display at Central England Co-op in Marston Moretaine wishing local resident Captain Tom a happy 100th birthday.

To celebrate Captain Tom Moore’s 100th birthday, his local Central England Co-op store created a special display and donated £10,000 to his recent record-breaking NHS fundraising effort.

Central England Co-op’s Marston Moretaine store was decorated with special bunting and messages created by pupils at Marston Moreteyne VC School to wish the village’s now-famous resident a happy birthday and thank him for raising £32 million for the NHS amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

To show its support and appreciation for Captain Tom – who has since been promoted to Colonel – and his fundraising efforts, Central England Co-op made a donation of £10,000 to his 100th Birthday Walk for the NHS.

Some of the colouring sheets filled in by children in the village.

The retailer also designed colouring sheets that was circulated to over 500 children as an activity for children to do at home which they can display at home or at the shop.

The Marston Moretaine store also created a display thanking the NHS, as well as key workers and care home staff who have also been hard at work during the pandemic.

Image: @LukeFicken

“We are so proud to be part of a great community in Marston Moretaine and we have all been absolutely blown away by what Captain Tom Moore has done and the wonderful positivity it has brought to people during these uncertain times,” Central England Co-op Marston Moretaine store manager Luke Ficken said.

“Captain Tom’s family are regular customers to the shop, so we have been able to convey to them directly our pride and appreciation for everything he has done but we were keen as a community retailer to join together with the village and local schoolchildren to put on a display to wish Tom a happy 100th birthday and thank him for his incredible efforts.

“I am also delighted that we as a society have been able to support Tom’s fundraising campaign which has helped raise so many millions for our wonderful NHS.”

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