Co-operative to support young carers via sandwich sales

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Christmas sandwich sales will benefit young carers

Customers will be able to help young carers across the UK this Christmas by purchasing special festive sandwiches from The Co-operative Group.

The retailer is launching three own-brand Christmas sandwiches on 10 November. When purchased, 10p from each sale will go towards funding an online support service for young carers.

YCNet – part of The Princess Royal Trust for Carers – is the only dedicated web site and online support service for children and young people under the age of 18, who help to look after someone in their family with an illness, disability, drug/alcohol addiction or mental health problem. Some of the young carers are only five years old.

Earlier this year The Co-operative Group, launched its multi-million pound Inspiring Young People campaign. This is part of its ongoing support and commitment to helping young people in communities across the UK.

The three sandwiches – all retailing at £2.50 – include a Turkey, Stuffing, Bacon & Cranberry variety; Wiltshire Ham & Braised Red Cabbage; and a Christmas Dinner Triple, which includes prawn cocktail, turkey & stuffing and cheddar cheese & chutney variants.

Helen Shaw, sandwich buyer at The Co-operative, said: “The young carers’ online service – YCNet – provides a much-needed lifeline for many of these brave and inspiring young people across the country. We’re proud to be raising both money and awareness for this vital service, and this initiative is a great example of The Co-operative’s ongoing commitment to young people.”