National Lottery operator Camelot has recognised The Midcounties Co-operative for its achievement in raising a landmark £180 million for National Lottery Good Causes over the last 18 years.
The community retailer received the special award from Camelot after raising the money from the sales of National Lottery products in its stores. The amazing sum has been used to benefit people and communities throughout the West Midlands and the UK.
Andy Cresswell, Deputy Chief Executive, Trading, from The Midcounties Co-operative, said: “As an ethical, member-owned business, we are always looking at ways we can support the communities in which we operate and we are delighted to have raised so much for National Lottery Good Causes. This award is particularly welcome as it falls in the International Year of Co-operatives, which is all about working together to build a better future for all.”
The Midcounties Co-operative engages in numerous charitable endeavours and has an extensive colleague volunteer programme that takes on all types of challenges to assist local people and organisations, as well as help the participants to develop personally and as a team. Each colleague can spend up to three days a year on volunteering activity as part of their paid work time.
Each week, The National Lottery generates over £30 million for National Lottery Good Causes. Since its launch in 1994, National Lottery players have raised over £28 billion in total for these Good Causes, with more than 380,000 individual awards made across the UK – an average of 124 lottery grants for every postcode district. These have been awarded to a wide range of organisations involved in the health, arts, sport, heritage, education, environment and voluntary/charity sectors across the UK.