Southern Co-op funeral home in Bognor Regis supports marathon runners

A Southern Co-op funeral home in Rose Green, Bognor Regis is helping a local brother and sister running ream raise £3600 for the National Autistic Society at the London Marathon on 22 April.

Nicola Fitzsimmons, Shirley Heaton Lindsey Booker and Nigel Fitzsimmons

The branch has kicked off fundraising by donating £200 to Nicola and Nigel Fitzsimmons and are now providing a raffle prize of a food hamper to support them with their Valentine’s Charity Evening on 10 February, taking place at the Rowland Rank Centre.

Nicola said “Nigel and I couldn’t be more excited to be working with Southern Co-op as a key sponsor for the Virgin Money London Marathon!  We’re so lucky to have their support through these next few months and have Shirley and Lindsey from Rose Green offices in particular, getting on board with us and Team Autism!”

Nigel added: “We’re really proud to be associated with a business where their interest is so far beyond profit.  We’re just so impressed with their commitment to making a difference in their local communities and it fits so well with what we’re doing and the work of the National Autistic Society.”

When Nigel and Nicola approached the Southern Co-op branch looking for sponsorship, Shirley Heaton and Lindsey Booker, the co-ordinators there were only too happy to help.

Shirley said “Nigel and Nicola are such lovely people and we can see the hard work they are putting in.  Not only are they dedicated to their vigorous training schedule but they are also spending a considerable amount of time and effort organising their own fundraising events.  We want to support them as much as we possibly can.”

Lindsey added: “I am just in awe of Nigel and Nicola’s dedication and commitment to this charity and we are very excited at being able to support them.”

As well as the Valentine’s Charity Evening, Nicola and Nigel are arranging a quiz night on 18 February being held at The Lion in Pagham. More information about their events and fundraising can be found at:

Charities and community groups can also apply to Southern Co-op for cash donations or goods in kind through the ‘Love Your Neighbourhood’ scheme, which is funded by the 5p single-use carrier bag levy. For more information on how to apply, please speak to your local branch manager, or visit: