The Co-op has donated £125,000 to a children’s charity dedicated to brightening the lives of seriously ill children by granting their wishes and providing support within hospitals.
The money was raised by the Co-op’s Property team through a charity awards evening, and will enable Rays of Sunshine children’s charity to continue bringing joy and hope to brave and deserving children across the UK.
Pledges were made to make dozens of wishes come true, including a ride on a steam train, an overnight stay at a zoo and, a visit to Disneyland.
David Roberts, managing director, Co-op Property, said: “Our colleagues and partners were moved by the courage and bravery shown by young people who suffer serious and life limiting illnesses. At the heart of the Co-op it is about making a difference in our communities, bringing people together, and showing that we care. We are pleased to have raised such a fantastic sum of money that we know will support the charity’s work to make dreams come true for some very poorly children in our communities.”
Jane Sharpe, CEO of Rays of Sunshine, added: “We’re so grateful to the Co-op’s Property team for raising and donating such a phenomenal amount of money to Rays of Sunshine. As a charity we receive no government funding, which means that the money raised on the night will enable us to continue our work to bring joy and hope to seriously ill children and their families when they need it most. As well as granting magical wishes for brave and deserving young people with the funds raised, the evening also gave our children’s choir an unforgettable experience of performing on the night. We’re so thankful to Co-op for their support.”