The Co-operative Pharmacy raises over £100,000 for UNICEF

September 25, 2012

The Co-operative Pharmacy has raised £101,000 for UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation, at a recent charity dinner.

The fantastic sum was generated by holding a black tie dinner with generous table sponsorship from colleagues and suppliers of The Co-operative Pharmacy. The event was held at The Banqueting House, Whitehall, London, on Thursday 13 September 2012.

UNICEF UK Ambassador, Cat Deeley, thanked The Co-operative Pharmacy on the night for supporting the charity and helping to champion the issue of sanitation, through its involvement in a UNICEF community development project in Togo, West Africa.

Including this latest amount, this means The Co-operative Pharmacy will have pledged £500,000 to UNICEF over three years.  Unsafe water, poor sanitation and hygiene claim the lives of one million children under the age of five every year. The money raised is enabling UNICEF to improve the health of 390 village communities by supporting them to build their own toilets.

John Nuttall, Managing Director of The Co-operative Pharmacy, said: “The Co-operative Pharmacy chose to support the Togo project in 2010 as we share UNICEF’s view that investing in the wellbeing of children is one of the surest ways to tackle global poverty. 

“Sanitation and hygiene are the starting points for the success of almost all other development programmes undertaken by UNICEF. Having visited Togo last year I have seen first hand how simple solutions are often the most impactful and how they can help to drastically reduce child mortality.  The Co-operative Pharmacy would like to thank everyone who has supported us with this project so far.”

Martin Bell, UNICEF UK Ambassador, speaking on behalf of UNICEF at the event, commented: “It’s fantastic to be here today to share some of my experiences of supporting UNICEF. Together UNICEF and The Co-operative Pharmacy are making real differences to children’s lives in Togo. With the extra money raised we’ll be able to do even more, to ensure that all children in Togo have access to clean sanitation and a better, healthier future.”

Contact Information:

Alex Wilson      
Senior Public Relations Officer
The Co-operative Group
07540 641368

Rowena Campbell
0207 375 6206

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Part of The Co-operative Group, The Co-operative Pharmacy is the UK’s third largest retail pharmacy chain with nearly 800 branches.

The Co-operative’s ethical plan

The Co-operative strives for a fairer world, where basic human needs are met and rights are respected.  The Co-operative Group’s latest ethical plan, first launched 12 months ago as the most radical sustainability programme in UK corporate history, contains 53 commitments and includes two commitments to tackle global poverty.

  • A new campaign will be launched with Oxfam to champion small-holder farmers and co-operatives, and the role they can play in feeding the world sustainably
  • 30,000 loans to entrepreneurs in the developing world will be facilitated by the year end.

The Co-operative Group is the UK’s largest mutual business, owned not by private shareholders but by over seven million consumers.  It is the UK’s fifth biggest food retailer and a major financial services provider, operating The Co-operative Bank and The Co-operative Insurance. Among its other businesses are the number one funeral services provider, the third largest pharmacy chain and one of Britain’s largest farming operations. As well as having clear financial and operational objectives, the Group has also set out its social and sustainability goals in its groundbreaking Ethical Plan, which specifies over 50 commitments in these areas.

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About the UNICEF sanitation project:
According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper for Togo, published for the period 2009-2011, 68% of families do not have access to or do not use latrines.  In order to promote basic sanitation and reduce water-borne diseases in Togo, the UNICEF project, supported by The Co-operative Pharmacy, will introduce the Community Led Total Sanitation (CTLS) approach, encouraging communities and schools to examine their own state in terms of hygiene and sanitation, their practices in terms of defecation and management of their school environment. The approach is designed to mobilise communities into reaching and maintaining an ‘open defecation free’ status in 390 villages in the Savanes, Kara and Maritime regions of Togo.

UNICEF is the world’s leading organisation working for children and their rights in more than 190 countries. As champion of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF works to help every child realise their full potential. Together with our partners, UNICEF delivers health care, nutrition, education and protection to children in urgent need, while working with governments to ensure they deliver on their promise to protect and promote the rights of every child. UNICEF relies entirely on voluntary donations from individuals, governments, institutions and corporations, and is not funded by the UN budget. For more information, please visit