Littleport Co-Op helps to boost Lisa Barnes Memorial Fund

A PICK Up A Penny campaign helped raise another �141 for the Lisa Barnes Memorial Fund.

Littleport’s Co-Op store launched the fundraising effort earlier in the year to help Robert Barnes reach his goal of raising �100,000 for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity.

Mr Barnes’ wife Lisa died in the hospice in 2010 after suffering from cancer.

He is trying to raise money for the hospice which supported his wife during her final days.

The Co-Op store, in Wisbech Road, gave 1p for every till reciept collected during a six-week period.

Earlier in the year members of staff from the store raised more than �1,300 from a sponsored walk between Cambridge and Littleport, which was doubled by Anglia Co-Operative’s Community Fund.

It is also trying to raise more by encouraging customers to save 20p coins in jam jars.

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“They’re a lovely friendly team at the store and their support of Lisa’s fund is fabulous,” Mr Barnes said.

“They’ve really taken it on board and done a huge amount for the fund and I’m so grateful to them for helping me get to my target.

“There’s still a long way to go, but everyone is so supportive and we have a number of fundraising events planned.”

The Co-Op’s contributons have helped Mr Barnes each a total of �58,500 so far.

Store manager Chris Wright said: “The fund has really struck a chord with staff and customers and a couple of members of my team knew Lisa.”