VIDEO: Moira Co-op Stage Its Own Mini-Olympics As Part of Mind Fundraiser

Moira Co-op store colleagues staged their own mini-Olympics after taking part in a series of sporting events as part of their fundraiser for the mental health c


By Graham Hill

Posted: Monday, 31st August 2020 10:31 pm


Local initiatives

Moira Co-op store colleagues staged their own mini-Olympics after taking part in a series of sporting events as part of their fundraiser for the mental health charity Mind.

Staff from the store engaged in some friendly competition at the nearby Moira Furnace tourist attraction - and you can see how the day went by watching the above video.

Manager Mitchell Brookes has also staged a fundraising bicycle ride in which he covered 50 kilometres in five days.

For Mitchell's last leg, he donned a Superman outfit for added effect. And the initial sum raised was in the region of £350 with more expected to be raised.

At a time when more than half the country's population has experienced some problems with mental health, the Co-op is showing its commitment to tackle mental wellbeing for its colleagues and communities across the UK.

The Co-op is working with its selected national charity partner Mind to help people to develop the skills needed to effectively support both their own and others' mental health in their communities.

The Co-op aims to raise £6million through the partnership by engaging colleagues, members and customers in a range of national and local fundraising.

The Moira Co-op colleagues' efforts were not only fun, they also brought them closer together according to Mitchell.

"The idea was that we would do a Co-op Games, a take on the Olympics. We've done things like an egg and spoon race, a sack race, a hacky sack race and a bean bag race.

"But I've also done a separate fundraiser by cycling 50 kilometres in five days which went well apart from being caught in a rainstorm one day! I also posted the tracking from the ride so that it proves I've covered the miles.

"We had ten people from my store competing against one another and we're going against the area and the rest of the Co-op, so that creates a bit of healthy competition to inspire fundraising for Mind too."

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