May 11th, 2022

Worthing’s Co-op Member Pioneer colleagues joined together to host an Afternoon of Tea and Entertain

Co-op colleagues Bob Smytherman (Member Pioneer for East Worthing, Lancing & Sompting) and Ann-Marie Lovejoy (Member Pioneer for West Worthing) joined together for a fundraiser and awareness event to support local charity West Sussex Mind to mark the start of Mental Health Awareness Week (9th-15th May).

Nationally Co-op colleagues have been raising funds for the last year to help reach the partnership target of £8 million for National Mind and SAMH in Scotland & Inspire in Northern Ireland

Colleagues Bob and Ann-Marie were joined by volunteers from the Lovejoy Centre in Worthing to prepare an Afternoon Tea with a Singalong followed by an Entertaining Quiz with Bob who is well known locally for hosting an online International Quiz during the Lockdown over the last two years.

The event was held on Sunday 8th May 2022 at Our Lady of Sion School in Worthing to help drive donations and start conversations around mental health to kick off a week of events hosted by West Sussex Mind.

The Co-op team from Goring Road and other local stores provided the Afternoon Tea and Raffle prizes and Head Teacher Mr Steven Jeffrey of Sion School opened up his school to support the event and joined the local community who supported the fundraising and awareness afternoon.

Bob Smytherman Member Pioneer at the Co-op & Trustee for West Sussex Mind said: 

“We had so much fun and thoroughly enjoyed coming together with colleagues and our community by putting on our very own event and It was great to see customers getting involved with preparing the Afternoon Tea and enjoying the Entertainment.
We are really pleased to have been able to help raise awareness and funds for our local Mental Health charity and would like to thank Co-op members and customers for their ongoing generosity and support.”

Paul Farmer, Chief Executive at Mind, said: 

“The Worthing Co-op team provided a great opportunity to connect with others and bring the community together through their event. We’ve come a long way in our partnership, and each fundraising activity that colleagues organise is changing lives by helping to provide better mental health support in the community. Thanks to their energy and enthusiasm, they have raised an incredible amount for the charity partnership so far. We are so thankful as they strive to raise a huge £8 million, which will help us to reach even more people in need of support.” for more information.

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