Local Charity Launches New Look Co-op in Ingatestone

Remus Horse Sanctuary, the popular animal charity from Ingatestone and one of our Community Card groups, was on hand to help their local co-operative re-open with a ribbon cutting ceremony on 2nd August.

Remus, which looks after, not just horses, but donkeys, cows, sheep, goats and cats that have been abused or mistreated, is one of hundreds of groups that Chelmsford Star Co-operative support through fund-raising.

The Chelmsford Star Co-op store shut its doors on Saturday 22nd July for a major refurbishment, having asked local co-op members and shoppers for their ideas and feedback. The result is a new look store with added ranges, more hot food options – including Rollover ‘the best hot dogs in the world’, and the greatly anticipated Dunkin’ Donuts section. The local Co-op Society supports hundreds of Essex-based charities and community groups, and has worked out that 33p in every £1 stays local and benefits our region in some way.

Esme Fordham, from Remus, formally opened the store on 2nd August, before accepting a cheque for £187.50 following the fund-raising efforts of local shoppers and friends of the charity. Esme said, “I am so happy to be accepting this on behalf of Remus. Some of the animals we care for have been victims to horrible cruelty, and this money will really help us to show them the love and respect they deserve.”

Chelmsford Star’s Ingatestone shop manager, Bruce Brown, said, “Initial comments from our customers have been very positive, and I’m proud of the convenience store we are able to offer Ingatestone’s residents. It is a great community shop, and one I hope they’ll be proud of too.”

If you would like to support Remus, or find out more about what they do, check out their website: www.remussanctuary.org