£1,000 boost in store for charity appeal

A grocery store is helping to get the show on the road for a charity set up to help people get out and about.

The Nisa Extra store in Ashington’s Woodhorn Road has given £1,000 to WatBus Community Transport.

The Bedlington-based charity is trying to raise £35,000 to buy a new minibus with a disabled-access lift, and the store’s cash will go towards that.

The money was raised at shopkeeper Saqib Ghafoor’s Nisa Extra stores in Ashington and Coatsworth Road, Gateshead, and donated via the Scunthorpe-based Making A Difference – Locally (MADL) charity.

Saqib said: “I chose WatBus Community Transport because it provides a much-needed service, and to be able to buy this disabled-access minibus would mean a lot to disabled members of the community.

“Contributing to this cause is very important to us, and MADL has given us the opportunity to do this.

“We hope to continue donating as much as possible to Watbus until they are able to reach the required total they need to buy the bus.”

MADL was formed in May 2008 to help more than 2,000 independent retailers raise money for their communities.

The charity works by allocating a specified amount of the cost of certain products to the retailer’s charity fund.

The charity was created by Nisa-Today’s and Costcutter supermarkets.