Shop staff raise cash in memory of Michael

Asda of Blyth raise over �1806.05 for the Army Benevolent Fund and seen at the presentation at the store are Nick Jackson and Kim Sweeney and (front) Shelley Butcher.
Asda of Blyth raise over �1806.05 for the Army Benevolent Fund and seen at the presentation at the store are Nick Jackson and Kim Sweeney and (front) Shelley Butcher.
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SUPERMARKET staff and Army cadets have raised more than £1,800 for charity in memory of a soldier killed in Afghanistan last year.

Blyth’s Asda store has adopted the Army Benevolent Fund (ABF) as its charity of the year, and it raised the cash by holding two days of activities.

The money it has now handed over will add to the £25,000 already raised in 19-year-old Michael Sweeney’s name since he was killed by a Taliban bomb blast a year ago in April.

The fundraiser, organised by the store’s events co-ordinator, Shelley Butcher, included military-themed fancy dress, several stalls, entertainment and children’s inflatables.

Staff were helped out by members of Blyth Swimming Club and the Blyth Battery Army Cadets.

Michael’s mum Kim, of Blyth, said: “Myself and my family would like to thank all involved in helping to raise this fantastic amount of money in Michael’s name.

“As a family, we are proud of the local people and their continuous generosity.

“We are sure the money raised will be of benefit to the ABF in its fight to help soldiers and their families.

“In this time of conflict in Afghanistan, I am sure it will need all the help it can get.”