GENEROUS shoppers have done their bit to help youngsters from two primary schools enjoy an extra special Christmas party.
Staff at the Co-op, on Northgate at the Headland, run weekly raffles for customers with all of the money raised going to local good causes.
Various charities have benefitted from the store’s goodwill in the past, but with Christmas coming up the staff decided to hand over money to two local primary schools to help them arrange a festive party.
St Bega’s, on Thorpe Street, and neighbouring St Helen’s on Durham Street were both handed £250 from the store.
Team manager Gail Adams said: “The customers get involved with the raffles, and we always try and donate to good causes.
“With it being so close to Christmas we thought it would be nice to help the two local schools out.
“We get a lot of parents and children in from both St Bega’s and St Helen’s so it was nice to be able to hand over the money to them.
“We hope they both have a fantastic Christmas party.”
St Bega’s headteacher Mike Cooney said: “I was delighted when Lesley, the manager at the Co-op, told me they were going to hand over the money.
“We are over the moon and very grateful as this will really help us when it comes to arranging the party.
“The kids did a Thank You card for the staff, it really was a lovely gesture.”
Vivienne Ingleton, headteacher at St Helen’s, added: “It was a wonderful gesture from the Co-op and we are absolutely delighted.
“We’re all looking forward to the Christmas party, and I’m sure there will be lots of special goodies to eat!”