Trevor Ashworth, director of logistics for the Co-operative group, has joined chief executive Peter Marks and six other Co-op colleagues to release a song in aid of young people with learning disabilities.
The eight-piece band calls themselves Angel Square, with Ashworth on keyboards, and Marks on drums.
Ashworth said: “Something that started off as an idea to play a gig and make money for Mencap just got bigger and bigger, increasing in scope and scale beyond our expectations with the single going from idea to release in less than a month.”
Marks is aiming to make the song a Christmas hit: “At a time when the co-operative business model is very much in fashion, the United Nations has proclaimed 2012 to be the International Year of Co-operatives and there are approaching one billion members of co-operatives worldwide …maybe, just maybe, we could give X-Factor a run for its money.”
The song is available for download and proceeds will raise money for the the Co-operative’s charity of the year Mencap and its sister charity ENABLE Scotland.