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Members Charities Of The Year Announced

11 September 2023

Members Charities Of The Year Announced

Members of Radstock Co-operative Society were invited to vote on which 2 charities they would like to support at the Society’s AGM meeting, in June. The Society is delighted to announce that Escape Support Group & In Charley’s Memory are 2023/24 Member Nominated Charities.

To celebrate the beginning of The Society’s support, an initial donation of £1,100 was presented to representatives of both charities by the Soceity’s CEO, Don Morris, President of the Board of Directors, Graham Jeffery & Vice President, Jeremy Ficker.

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In Charley’s Memory (ICM) was formed in 2014 following the tragic loss of Charley Marks to suicide, following a struggle that lasted through his teens. After his death his mum, Jo decided to take action. Her aim was to raise awareness & reduce the stigma that is attached to mental heath. Jo Founded ICM as a grassroots community response to a local issue & they have since grown into a regional support system ranging across Somerset.

Dawn, CEO of In Charley’s Memory, “Myself and the team at In Charley’s Memory are delighted to be selected as Radstock Co-operative Society’s Charity of the Year. Radstock Co-operative Society is based at the heart of many of the communities we support. We are delighted to be recognised by the members for the work we do, and the wonderful support from Radstock Co-operative Society will allow more young people to hear about our service and enable them to access vital support. On behalf of all of us at In Charley’s Memory, a big thank you to all members of Radstock Co-operative Society”.


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Escape Support Group aims to provide support to families in Somerset raising children who have disabilities or additional needs, through providing a wide range of fun activities, days out & occasional short break holidays. Their events boost morale, increase confidence, improve social skills as well as develop & strengthen friendships. STARS & POSY, two other support groups amalgamated to form Escape Support Group (Encouraging Special Children and Parents Everywhere) & is run entirely by volunteers.

“We are delighted and grateful to have been selected as one of the Radstock Co-operative Society’s Charities of the Year.  We are excited to be working together to help us provide subsidised activities, days out, events and mini-breaks for children with disabilities and their families.  A massive thank you from all of us at ESCAPE Support Group – staff and families”, Debbie, Hub Club, Fundraising & Admin Assistant for Escape Support Group. 

“We are delighted to announce the start of these partnerships & are passionate about working in collaboration with the charities to advocate the outstanding support that they provide in the local community. All of our 21 stores will hold a collection pot for both charities for customers wishing to donate. Or for those that would like to donate online or find out more about Escape Support Group & In Charley’s memory follow the links below,” Don Morris, CEO Radstock Co-operative Society.

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