Staff at Co-op in High Street, Wanstead launch fundraising campaign for Carers Trust

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Co-op staff Diane Opie, Datta Joy, Warren Ketheesh and Sarah Smith in fancy dress Co-op staff Diane Opie, Datta Joy, Warren Ketheesh and Sarah Smith in fancy dress

Supermarket customers were confronted with an unexpected party in the bagging area yesterday.

Colleagues at the Co-op in High Street, Wanstead wore wigs and waved inflatable guitars as they bopped behind the tills to mark the launch of a fundraising campaign for young carers.

The Carers Trust, which provides support to carers aged 14-25, will benefit from a year’s worth of fundraising at Co-op stores.

Staff in Wanstead chose to mark the occasion with a “Rock Around the Clock” theme to draw attention to the fact that the UK’s estimated 500,000 young carers are facing a 24/7 challenge, often without any outside help.

Taking a break from the dancing, Warren Katheesh, manager of the Wanstead Co-op, said: “The challenges of unpaid caring is an often hidden issue even though it can affect most families at some time.

“We are delighted that Carers Trust is our Charity of the Year and that we have the chance to make a difference to the lives of young people in our community.”

The Co-op hopes to raise £5 million for the charity by the end of 2013.

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11:07am Fri 25 Jan 13

Cornbeefur says...

Burgers maybe?

Good work and wish them every success.
Burgers maybe? Good work and wish them every success. Cornbeefur

12:22am Sat 26 Jan 13

ColinOrient says...

Apparantly the local Tesco burger was a shock 20/1 winner at Kempton today.
Apparantly the local Tesco burger was a shock 20/1 winner at Kempton today. ColinOrient

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