A SUPERMARKET held a fancy dress fun day to mark the announcement of its charity of the year.
Staff at The Co-operative store in Locks Heath Centre, Centre Way, marked the start of its new fundraising drive in aid of the Carers Trust.
The charity - which formed last year when The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care came together - will benefit from The Co-operative’s year-long fundraising.
The Carers Trust provides support for 14 to 25-year-old carers. To mark the launch, staff dressed to a Rock Around the Clock theme – to acknowledge the 24/7 nature of caring.
Store manager Alan Dickerson said: ‘The challenge of unpaid caring is often a hidden issue, even though it can affect most families at some time.
‘We’re delighted that the Carers Trust is our charity of the year and, that we have the chance to make a difference to the lives of young people in our communities who undertake caring responsibilities.’
Group chief executive Peter Marks said: ‘I am confident that with the support of our staff, members and customers we can make life-changing differences to thousands of young people across the UK.’
There are an estimated seven million unpaid carers across the UK, including around 12,000 in the Fareham area.
Nationwide, The Co-operative group hopes to raise £5m for the Carers Trust.