Lincolnshire Co-op staff don outrageous wigs for charity

Visitors to Lincolnshire Co-op stores will be met with a variety of colourful dos today as staff ‘get wiggy with it’ for charity.

Colleagues will be swapping their normal hairstyles for outrageous wigs in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, Lincolnshire Co-op’s charity of the year.

For one day only on Friday, July 31 staff at food stores, pharmacies, post offices and travel branches across Lincoln and the society’s wider trading area are taking part.

Lincolnshire Co-op staff Penny Rae, Paul Hodgson and Hazel Shuck

Lincolnshire Co-op staff Penny Rae, Paul Hodgson and Hazel Shuck

Get Wiggy With It is one of Teenage Cancer Trust’s biggest fundraising opportunities every year, with schools, businesses and individuals all joining in.

The initiative aims to raise awareness of the impact that chemotherapy can have, and allows people to stand in solidarity with teenagers with cancer.

Colleagues from Head Office on Tentercroft Street will even be being pushed through the streets of Lincoln in a unitainer – a large specialist trolley – collecting cash for the charity.

At the Society’s Food Distribution Centre on Doddington Road others will be taking part in an exercise bike challenge, while staff at Lincolnshire Co-op’s Pharmacy Warehouse close to Outer Circle Road will be attempting to surround the whole building with copper coins, which will then be donated.

Outlets will be offering customers the opportunity to win one of three fabulous prizes with a quiz sheet, which is available for a donation of just £1. It will feature celebrities in wigs, which entrants will have to name correctly for a chance to win big.

All correct completed entries will go into a draw to win £200 in Lincolnshire Co-op Travel vouchers, £50 in One4All vouchers or a hamper of lovely local goodies.

Manager of Parklands Food Store in Lincoln Liam Uzzell said: “My colleagues and I will have loads of games and competitions going on during the day and we’d love customers to get involved.

“Teenage Cancer Trust is a really worthwhile cause and I’m sure everyone will get behind us and help to raise as much money as possible for them.”

Annmarie Carey, Corporate Account Manager for Teenage Cancer Trust said: “The funds raised will enable us to provide vital medical care from a specialist nurse for young people with cancer, as well as emotional and therapeutic support for their families and siblings.

“We’ll also be able to continue to give informative and empowering education talks about the signs and symptoms of cancer to 50,000 secondary school pupils across the country.”

To date, Lincolnshire Co-op has raised more than £28,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Are you joining in the fundraising fun? Share your pictures with us via news@thelincolnite.co.uk.