Shoppers raise more than £13,000 for local good causes

More than £13,000 has been raised for local organisations by shoppers at the Co-op in Leyburn.

The money was raised by members of the store through the supermarket’s Local Causes scheme.

When shoppers buy certain Co-op products and services, 2p for every £1 spent goes to their membership account which is split between selected good causes.

The three organisations to benefit this year were Leyburn United Junior Football Club, Leyburn Arts and Community Centre and the Jonas Centre in Redmire.

Representatives of the three organisations attended an event to thank shoppers at the store last week.

Store manager Jonathan Barker said: “Once again thank you to all our customers that swiped their membership card at the tills over the past year — you have certainly helped your community be doing so.

Chris Ellis, chair of Leyburn Utd JFC, said the club was very grateful for the support of shoppers and the store, which meant the club received more than £3,000.

“The money received from the Co-op has helped us restore a wooden pavilion at the Wensleydale School, meaning our young players and their carers, as well as those from visiting teams, have access to toilets and refreshments.”