Hundreds of shoppers visited the Co-operative food store in Eaton Ford on November 5 to celebrate the shop’s 25th anniversary and managed to raise £170 for charity.

The event included competitions and food-tasting and two members of staff, who have worked at the store in Great North Road since it opened, were recognised for their long service.

Julie Pullen and Sue Chandler received flowers and gifts from manager, Chris Wright.

"I enjoy working with some great colleagues; the work I do and I know that the St Neots food store is a great place to work," said Julie.

Sue added: "I have really enjoyed working with many colleagues and serving so many customers over the years. The society has provided some great opportunities for me to progress into my current role as team leader."

Store manager, Mr Wright thanked staff, and customers who attended the event.

"We had a fantastic event to celebrate our 25th anniversary and I'd like to thank the local community for their support and making the day so special.

"This year, we have raised more than £170 for the Newlife Foundation, which is brilliant, and I know it will make a real difference."

Newlife's head of community fundraising, Nora Smith, said: "The team at St Neots have been hugely supportive of our charity partnership, helping to provide vital equipment for disabled and terminally ill children in Cambridgeshire. This latest event will help transform the life of yet another child in the retailer's business area. Thank you all for your amazing support."

The Newlife Foundation provides guidance and practical support for children with disabilities and their families. To date, the Central England Co-operative has raised £1.2million and helped to fund specialist disability equipment for more than 530 children.