Granddaughter provide inspiration for Hengoed Gran to win national Co-operative competition

January 28, 2014

The birth of her Granddaughter provided the inspiration for a Grandmother from Hengoed to beat over 14,000 other hopefuls to win a national competition launched by The Co-operative.

Sandra Clifford, 61, from the Rhymney Valley, South Wales, entered the competition after The Co-operative, which uses the strap-line “here for you for life”, asked members of the public to share their memorable life moments.

The unique set of prizes on offer reflected The Co-operative’s own unique group of businesses and, included an iPad Mini and Sat Nav from The Co-operative’s online electrical store, two wills prepared by its Legal Services division and, £150 each month for a year to spend on groceries at The Co-operative Food.

In addition, Sandra – who retired at the end of last year - was given £500 by The Co-operative Funeralcare to donate to a charity of her choice and, opted to share the money between the Red Cross and, children’s charity Ty Hafan.

Sandra Clifford, said: “I am absolutely delighted, it is a fantastic prize, in fact, so good that I didn’t believe it when I first heard that I had won.

“I have a long association with The Co-operative, my sisters worked for the business and I even remember the day I bought my first fridge there when I got married. Now this prize provides me with an incredible way for me to remember my retirement and, it’s all thanks to the arrival of my Granddaughter really.

“Dara, now aged one, was born three days after my 60th birthday and, the moment my daughter phoned to tell me that I had become a Gran was the moment that I chose to share as my memorable life moment.”

Matthew Hooper, deputy manager of The Co-operative’s newly refurbished Taff’s Well food store, said; “We are delighted that over 14,000 people shared their most treasured and memorable life moments with us. The Co-operative has been at the heart of local communities for over 150 years and, hearing Sandra’s story really does illustrate how, with its unique group of businesses, The Co-operative truly is here for you for life.”

Notes to Editors:

Photo: Left to Right: Wendy Collie, Business and Community Fundraiser, Ty Hafan; Matthew Hooper, Deputy Store Manager of The Co-operative Food Store in Taff’s Well; Sandra Clifford with one year-old granddaughter Dara and, Diane Morgan, PA to the Director of Red Cross Wales.

The Co-operative Group is the UK’s largest mutual business, owned by nearly eight million members.  It is the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer operating across the country with almost 2,800 local, convenience and medium-sized stores.  Amongst its other wholly-owned businesses are the UK’s number one funeral services provider, the third largest pharmacy chain, a growing legal services operation and a major general insurer. As well as having clear financial and operational objectives, the Group, which operates 4,500 outlets and employs approaching 90,000 people, is a recognised leader for its social goals and community-led programmes.

Further information:

Andrew Torr

Senior Press Officer, The Co-operative Group

Tel: 07702 505551

Email: andrew.torr@co-operative.coop