Co-op customers and staff boost charities

From left, Oliver Elliott, Alison Frith, Amy Crowson, Sue Crowe, Bridget Chesterfield, Galaxy of Stars founder Annie Elliott, Co-operative champion for store Steve Diamond, Co-operative customer service assistant Sal Rawding, Co-operative senior chilled team leader Janette Rawding and Co-operative check out team leader Dayle Lane
From left, Oliver Elliott, Alison Frith, Amy Crowson, Sue Crowe, Bridget Chesterfield, Galaxy of Stars founder Annie Elliott, Co-operative champion for store Steve Diamond, Co-operative customer service assistant Sal Rawding, Co-operative senior chilled team leader Janette Rawding and Co-operative check out team leader Dayle Lane

Thousands of pounds have been raised for two worthwhile causes by staff and customers at two supermarkets.

The Co-operative store in Bourne has collected £1,500 over the past year for Bourne-based Galaxy of Stars, while its sister store in Market Deeping has donated £1,200 to the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

Galaxy of Stars provides activities and support for families.

The shop raised £1,000 of the total on a 10-mile sponsored walk, fun runs, and by taking part in the Deepings Raft Race.

Its fundraising efforts 
were matched by the Anglia Co-operative Community Fund and a cheque for £3,168 was presented to Galaxy of Stars founder Annie 
Elliot.

Mrs Elliot said: “The store, their customers and the Anglia Co-operative Community Fund have been amazing and we really appreciate it.

“Thanks to them, families with Galaxy of Stars are going to have a fantastic year.”

The donation will fund days out for the group, starting with a trip to London Zoo in May for 49 children and adults.

A year of fundraising at the Co-operative store in Market Deeping netted more than £1,200 for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

The store’s efforts were also matched by the Anglia Co-operative Community Fund, enabling store 
manager Darren Hammond and his team to present a cheque for £2,568.

The store raised funds by holding quizzes, a tombola and raffles.

Mr Hammond said: “Our customers have been so generous with their 
support.

“They recognise the importance of the air ambulance and our family fun day in July will be raising money for the ambulance, too.”

Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance local fundraiser Emma Young said: “We were absolutely delighted with the donation.”