Volunteers clean up local graveyard

Last updated: 31 January, 2022

Member Pioneer Kathleen Morrison found out about a long-standing issue concerning the neglect of a number of war graves in a Blackley churchyard.

A local campaigner had put out information about the problem on a local Facebook group.  

In response, Kathy quickly engaged with colleagues from Co-op Food, Funeralcare and the Co-op support centre in Manchester. As well as the local Co-op Academies to organise some much-needed help.  

Volunteers cleaned up the graves, in small groups of three. Those under 18 years of age made and donated wreaths and poppies to decorate the graves in time for Remembrance Sunday.  

The project received a lot of local interest and attracted the attention of both BBC Radio Manchester and BBC North West Tonight, who featured Kathy and her volunteers on one of its news bulletins.  

Without Kathy using her local knowledge and Co-op links, this would not have been such a well organised, successful initiative! 

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