MORE than £16,000 has been raised in the Whitby branch of the Co-op to help youngsters with disabilities.
The fund-raising total is one of the highest of all Co-op supermarkets in the area.
Mencap is the Co-operative group’s chosen charity of the year and nationwide £7 million has been raised so far.
A range of collections and events have been held throughout the year at Whitby’s Co-op and when the cash was totted up it emerged the store had raised the most.
Every penny will now be spent on the launch of ‘Inspire Me’ – a project to provide activities and training that will give young people with a learning disability the chance to learn new skills and gain access to employment and volunteering within the community.
Mike Frankland, the operations manager for Co-operative Food in Whitby said: “The teams in my area have done a fantastic job putting the fun into fund-raising, and I’d like to congratulate them all. However, a special thanks goes to the team at the Whitby store who have shown commitment and dedication to come out on top in our local charts.
“None of this would have been possible without the continued support of our customers, so we must extend our appreciation to them, and assure them that their donations will make a real tangible difference to the lives of young people involved in the Inspire Me project.”