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A total of 13 bags of litter have been collected by Co-Operative colleagues across 3 stores in the region who have been highlighting the impact of working together.

Colleagues from The Co-operative Food stores in Carisbrooke, Brighton and Four Marks visited roadsides and woodland to clear up rubbish as part of Co-op Fortnight (24th June to 7th July).

The national awareness fortnight, aims to show how we can achieve more together than we can in isolation. It highlights how each person’s contribution, however small, helps towards achieving a bigger overall goal and a greater change for good.

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All of the stores are part of the regional, independent co-operative – Southern Co-op.

Lewis Jenkins, from Southern Co-op’s Carisbrooke High Street store, said:

“We found that the majority of rubbish was close to one of the nearby schools and, other than this, the people of Carisbrooke should be very proud of how tidy and relatively litter free the whole area is.

“The bulk of the rubbish was soft drink containers and sweet wrappers. We covered just over five miles and filled six bags. We were really impressed with how well kept the majority of Carisbrooke is.”

Colleagues across Southern Co-op are encouraged to volunteer their time throughout the year to make a difference in their local neighbourhood. This forms part of its community engagement programme ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ which addresses four key social themes – promoting ‘Greener’, ‘Healthier’, ‘Safer’, and ‘More Inclusive’ neighbourhoods.

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To find out more about Southern Co-op’s commitment to making a difference, visit


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