Generous Co-op in Market Deeping helps two good causes

Carol Precey, treasurer of the trustees of Deepings Youth Centre, receives a cheque for �300 from Anglia Co-operative marketing assistants Kelly Thomas, left, and Siobhan Lakey
Carol Precey, treasurer of the trustees of Deepings Youth Centre, receives a cheque for �300 from Anglia Co-operative marketing assistants Kelly Thomas, left, and Siobhan Lakey
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A supermarket has donated hundreds of pounds to an animal refuge and to a youth group.

The Anglia Co-operative food store in Market Deeping ran a six-week campaign for shoppers to choose where the store’s money should go.

The shop had £450 up for grabs and intended to give £300 to the charity 
which got the most public support from shoppers putting green tokens into a collection box, and £150 to the runner-up. But when the votes were counted it was a tie, so the Deepings Youth Centre and Exotic Pet Refuge at Deeping St James have each received £300.

Refuge founder, Pam Mansfield, said: “The store and its customers have been absolutely 
fantastic. The latest donation will help us to establish a rehabilitation room where we can house animals like rescued hedgehogs and woodpeckers.”

Deepings Youth Centre will spend its donation on a picnic bench and seating for an outside area being created at the centre in Eastgate, Deeping St James.

Treasurer Carol Precey said: “The young people will now have somewhere to enjoy a barbecue or go for a 
chat.

“If we want to provide extra activities or facilities we have to raise the money ourselves, so this donation will make a lot of difference.”