A big-hearted fundraiser

SEEING RED: From left, Rose Fisher, Wendy Hume, Douglas Buck, Jo Creek, store manager Mike Askan, Mark Fuller, Patricia Howe and Sahron Knight.

SEEING RED: From left, Rose Fisher, Wendy Hume, Douglas Buck, Jo Creek, store manager Mike Askan, Mark Fuller, Patricia Howe and Sahron Knight.

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LONG Melford supermarket staff did not miss a beat in brightening their customers’ day and raising money for charity at the same time.

Staff at the Co-op in Hall Street ditched their uniforms to take part in a Wear Red Day in aid of the British Heart Foundation and National Heart Month.

Store manager Mike Askan, who even dyed his hair and beard red for the day, said: “The British Heart Foundation is something that is close to my heart as I had two aortic valve replacements aged five and 17, and will have another operation in the future, so I’m really pleased the company went in for this.”

The store had a guess the number of pennies in a jar game, a tombola and a guess the age of staff game, as well as collecting donations.

“We just wanted to raise as much money as possible,” added Mr Askan.

“It took a long time to put masking tape across my face and spray everything red, and I spent the next day trying to get the dye out, but it was worth it.”