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The Co-Operative Academy children, Tunstall brings Festive cheer to city residents with Stoke City Player Geoff Cameron

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Potters star Geoff Cameron makes a special delivery 

Stoke City star, Geoff Cameron, students from The Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent, a team of elected members from The Co-operative North Midlands Area Committee and volunteers from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue helped to deliver some festive cheer today to over 200 older residents of Tunstall, Sandyford and Middleport thanks to The Potters’ Community Partner Britannia, which is part of The Co-operative Bank, and The Co-operative Food. 

Geoff Cameron led the team of volunteers to complete the operation to deliver the Co-operative festive packs to the residents, who were nominated by the local authority, local residents’ associations and community groups. The packs contained a few staple food items as well as some Co-operative festive treats to help the recipients enjoy a special Christmas and New Year period.

Students from The Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent helped plan the delivery route and make up the packs, the initiative being strongly aligned with the Academy’s focus on developing its young people to play an active role in their local communities.  The Academy selected 16 students who were the top merit earners in each of its four Community Groups to take part in the project. 


Geoff Cameron said:

“The packs have been really well received by everyone today and it’s a tremendous project to be involved with.  The aim of the Stoke City Community Trust is to not only encourage people of all ages to get involved in sport, especially football, we also want to reach out to other groups of people within the local community and this a great way to do that.


“We have all worked well together today to make it happen and spread some cheer by having a few laughs along the way as a team and with the residents. 


“It’s been a great day and now I know how hard Santa has to work on Christmas Eve!” 

Helen Steel, Co-operative and Membership Officer for The Co-operative in the North Midlands added:

“Christmas is traditionally a time for giving and our Co-operative festive packs are an ideal way for The Co-operative to demonstrate its commitment to a very deserving group of older residents within the local community. Today has been a great example of team work, between The Co-operative and its local partners – Stoke City Community Trust and The Co-operative Academy of Stoke-on-Trent – and friends from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service based at Sandyford Fire Station.”


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