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#CoopFortnight - Get fit and do good with East of England Co-op

People who live and work in Norwich, Ipswich and Colchester are invited to come together to take action and celebrate what can be achieved when we co-operate during Co-op Fortnight

Through a partnership with GoodGym, East of England Co-op members will have the chance to go on a community run, keeping fit whilst carrying out community activities together, including gardening at a care home, maintaining the Elmer Parade sculptures, supporting a foodbank and raising awareness of food waste

Niall O Keefe, joint chief executive from East of England Co-op said, “We’re flying the flag for Co-op Fortnight to spread the spirit of co-operation and celebrate the good people can do when they join forces for the benefit of their communities. We’re aiming to galvanise people from across the region – our members and customers - to join us in two weeks of co-operation.” 

The East of England Co-op's activities kick off on Monday 24 June with the first of three GoodGym runs, making make sure the 55 Elmer sculptures, part of the Elmer’s Big Parade Trail in Ipswich, are all looking good and are clean and free from litter.

On Wednesday 26 June join the runners going to the Colchester Foodbank who help families in crisis. They’ll be cleaning up, helping with stock auditing and donating food and toiletries. Members of the public can donate items at their local East of England co-op food store.

The final run will take place on Monday 1 July in Norwich as the team visit Redmayne View Care Home where they’ll take part in a reminiscence evening and help with some gardening using compost, seeds, bulbs and refreshments donated by the Co-op.

The celebrations continue on Tuesday 2 July with an afternoon for local co-operatives and East of England Co-op members at their head office at Wherstead Park in Ipswich. Co-operatives East, Creative Co-op and the East of England Co-op will talk about what makes co-ops different. 

For those who are unable to join in the acts of co-operation, there’s a competition on social media for customers to create delicious meals from the 10p products sold in East of England Co-op stores, as part of their Co-op Guide to Dating initiative.

Find out more about East of England Co-op

Written by Wendy Carter
Updated: 11/06/2019