Co-op donation gives Croydon’s children’s cancer services a helping hand


Chartwell Cancer Trust has secured a donation of £4,827, thanks to money generated by Co-op’s members in the local area.

The funds will go towards supporting the Lily Pad Appeal, an initiative launched by the Chartwell Cancer Trust and Croydon Health Services to raise £750,000 for a new Oncology Unit at Croydon University Hospital.

The money has been raised as part of Co-op’s membership scheme, whereby Co-op members receive a five per cent reward for themselves, with a further one per cent going to local causes when they buy selected own brand products or Co-op services. Members can decide how the money is allocated, and are encouraged to select the cause they wish to support online.

The hospital’s current Emergency and Cancer Care Services care for over 30,000 children a year, with the improved environment specifically designed to meet growing demand and the needs of all patients and their families.

The new integrated paediatric unit will offer state-of-the-art technology to deliver the highest quality treatment possible and further increase quality of care and patient experience.

Last year, the Co-op invested £19 million in over 4,000 causes UK-wide, supporting a wide range of initiatives, which aim to make communities across the UK safer, happier, and healthier places to live.

Jan Neeson, funeral assistant at Co-op’s Croydon Funeralcare comments: “The Lily Pad Appeal is an amazing cause and a vital service for families in the area.

“We’re really passionate about supporting local organisations and will continue to help other local causes in the area throughout the year. Every time you use your Co-op membership card you can raise money to help fund community projects like the Lily Pad Appeal.”

Rachel Rogan, Project Manager at The Chartwell Cancer Trust, says: “We’d like to say a big thank you to the Co-op, as well as other local businesses who have helped to support us and our fundraising efforts.

“Every donation helps to ensure that our seriously ill children have access to the best care and experience during what is the most difficult time of their young lives. The new refurbished unit will be opening towards the end of 2020.”