Co-op gets set for charity

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STAFF at Whitby’s Co-op supermarket are on their marks and ready for a year of fundraising for 2011’s chosen charity, Mencap.

They donned a variety of running and racing gear as well as dressing up like cheerleaders with pom poms to launch this year’s charity campaign on Friday.

The organisation hopes to help transform the lives of thousands of young people with a learning disability as part of its commitment to Inspiring Young People.

With the support of its members and customers, staff across The Co-operative’s businesses, including food retail, travel, funerals, pharmacy, banking, insurance and farming, will be taking part in a series of events in aid of Mencap, and its sister charity ENABLE Scotland.

Money raised will be used to launch projects to work with 20,000 young people with a learning disability, along with parents, carers and local communities.

Dennis Gilroy, store manager at Whitby, said: “We want to boost the confidence of young people with a learning disability – so they can stand tall and hold their heads high.

“It’s the start of a busy year of fundraising, and we’ll have a lot to do before we cross the finishing line, but it will be worth it. I’m incredibly proud to have Mencap as our Charity of the Year.”