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Co-op is making a £100,000 donation to its partners the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) to help kickstart a fund-raising appeal to help support those affected by the devastating earthquakes that have hit Turkey and Syria killing thousands of people and reducing buildings to rubble

For anyone wishing to donate, they can do so by going online here, texting COOP to 70787 to donate £10 or in-store at the till at in store.

Rebecca Birkbeck, Co-op’s director of community and member participation, said: “We’re deeply saddened by the scenes in the aftermath of the earthquake. People have been left without shelter in freezing winter conditions, with humanitarian needs expected to grow in the coming days.

“We know our members and customers will want to help and we’re proud to be coming together with other co-operative societies and the wider Co-op movement, as well as our Nisa colleagues to collectively support this appeal.”