Food store has fun day of fundraising

New Deleval Co-operative store staff at the fundraising event.

New Deleval Co-operative store staff at the fundraising event.

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A food store in Blyth has already passed its fundraising target after holding a fun day in aid of its nominated charity.

The New Delaval Co-operative’s charity event was in aid of the Carers Trust.

It included a cake stall, fancy dress and tombola.

In addition, team leader Emma Johnson undertook a six-hour sponsored silence.

Store manager Anthony Hall said: “When we voted for Carers Trust as the Co-operative Group’s charity of the year, we set ourselves a target of raising £1,500 over the year, which we have already achieved thanks to the efforts of our staff lead by Pat McFarlane, our in-store charity champion.

“We might have already exceeded our target but our team know how well the money will be used and want to contribute as much as we can to this life changing charity.”

The event came at the start of a week-long ‘Care o’ Clock’ campaign that ended when the clocks went back on Sunday, giving everyone an extra hour in their day.

It asked Co-operative mployees what they would do to fundraise for young adult carers with their extra hour.

For the New Delaval store, one hour just was not enough, though, so they did a whole day of fundraising.

Terrie Oakshott, fundraiser for Carers Trust, said: “We’re really grateful to Anthony and his team for organising such a fun sounding day.

“The money they raise will help us make a real difference to the lives of young adult carers, young people who are often isolated and are unsupported in caring for their loved ones.”