Co-op store’s donations help two good causes

Anglia Co-operative Market Deeping foodstore's Emma Ficken, left, and her son Jake, who is a volunteer at the Exotic Pet Refuge in Deeping St James, present �300 to Pam Mansfield as the store's latest contribution
Anglia Co-operative Market Deeping foodstore's Emma Ficken, left, and her son Jake, who is a volunteer at the Exotic Pet Refuge in Deeping St James, present �300 to Pam Mansfield as the store's latest contribution
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A foodstore in Market Deeping has given a cash boost to two local causes.

The Anglia Co-operative foodstore in Godsey Lane, Market Deeping has held a series of fundraising events, which have raised £300 to help the Exotic Pet Refuge in Deeping St James.

Players from the Under 15 team at Deepings Rugby Club also raised £350 by bagpacking for shoppers.

The store will continue fundraising for the pet refuge, including supporting it with its token campaign.

Pet refuge founder Pam Mansfield said: “The store’s continued support is making a heck of a difference to us. Without the help of people we wouldn’t be able to keep going and I can’t thank the store enough.

“At the start of the year we were struggling. We hoped for a really successful open day in the spring to clear our debts but it never worked out because of the weather.

“Thankfully, we raised £5,000 with an open day in May and we’ve had support from other people too.”

Rugby club Under 15s manager Jason Whaley added: “We would like to thank the customers for their generosity and the store for being so accommodating.

“We’re a grass roots rugby team and the money really does help.

“We’ll use it to buy more training gear and training equipment.”

The rugby club is hoping to boost its funds further when it takes part in a fun day on Sunday, July 14, in the car park at the Co-op.