Shoppers’ boost for a trio of worthy causes

Karen Bell and Darren Binks of the Peterlee ASDA store pictured with Peter Robinson(right) of Peterlee Pumas.
Karen Bell and Darren Binks of the Peterlee ASDA store pictured with Peter Robinson(right) of Peterlee Pumas.
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KIND-HEARTED shoppers once again thought of others and dug deep to boost a trio of worthy causes.

More than £1,000 was donated to Asda Peterlee’s three latest local nominated charities.

Bradley Lowery’s Fight Against Neuroblastoma, which is helping the two-year-old Blackhall youngster battle a rare childhood cancer, came out on top and received £715.22 from generous shoppers, who could make donations either by chipping in money at special containers at the Surtees Road supermarket, or by dropping in tokens.

The Peterlee division of County Durham and Darlington Young Firefighters Association (YFA) received £219 during the initiative, and Peterlee Pumas rugby league club received £230.95. Karen Bell, Asda’s Community Life Champion, said: “Everybody is always so generous.”

Bradley’s mum Gemma said: “Asda have been very supportive with Bradley’s fundraising and I would like to thank them for everything they do.”

Pumas treasurer Rob Laverick said: “We were totally surprised to be put forward by one of the parents.

“Our kids are quite strong in their league and are due to go on a trip to Crossfield, in St Helen’s, to get playing experience from players from the rugby heartlands so this will be a big help with transport.”

Mick Corfield, a crew manager at Peterlee Fire Station who helps run the young firefighters’ scheme in Peterlee, said: “This money will help fund holidays for the YFA – we are looking to take them to a week’s camp at Bamburgh Castle in August. “

The three worthy causes to benefit in July and August are Horden’s Roseby Road Community Centre, Horden’s Centrefield Pavilion Cafe and the East Durham Division of Girl Guides based in O’Neill Drive, Peterlee.

Karen Bell said there has been a shortage of nominated causes for future campaigns. Nominations can be made in-store or at greenroom.asda.com