A family fun day run by the Anglia Co-operative foodstore at Old Great North Road, Eaton Socon, last summer, is set to fund major improvements to disability access at Huntingdonshire District Council’s Paxton Pits Nature Reserve.
The store is now part of Central England Co-operative, the new society formed following the merger of Anglia and Midlands Co-operatives.
The event raised over £1,400 in just four hours, but this sum has since been matched by the Anglia Co-operative Community Fund to enable a cheque for £2,939 to be presented to the Friends of Paxton Pits.
Dr Ray Matthews, chairman of The Friends, said: “We are stunned by this unexpected doubling of the already substantial donation. It will enable The Friends and the Reserve’s Rangers to bring forward several planned improvements to the nature trails, making them more easily accessible in all weathers. We are immensely grateful to the staff at the Eaton Socon store, and to their customers, for this important contribution to our community nature reserve.”
Anglia Co-operative’s Eaton Socon foodstore Manager Darren Hammond (2nd left) and community champion Katie Paton (3rd left) present the cheque to Friends of Paxton Pits volunteers (left to right) John McDonough, Marilyn McDonough, Trevor Gunton and Sarahjane Williams with Huntingdonshire District Council Ranger Rob Martyr (second right). (Photo: Ray Matthews)