Not just a token sum

Waitrose DePUTY manager Mark Jackson presenting cheque  for �213 to Miss E Black
Waitrose DePUTY manager Mark Jackson presenting cheque for �213 to Miss E Black
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A PONTELAND supermarket has supported a national charity through its green token scheme.

Three organisations are put forward by Waitrose stores each month to benefit from its Community Matters programme.

Shoppers are given a green token at the check-out and they put it next to the charity they want to receive funds.

And at the Ponteland branch, the money for the November choices has now been allocated, with £213 going to the ITP Support Association.

It promotes and supports the general welfare of patients, and the families of patients, with immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).

The association also assists in funding approved research projects to advance the understanding and treatment of ITP — where blood does not clot as it should due to a low number of blood cell platelets — in co-operation with the medical profession.

The cheque was collected by local resident Enid Black, who suffers from ITP herself and campaigns for the charity in the region.

The other organisations to receive funding were the Ulgham-based Sanctuary Wildlife Care Centre and North East breast cancer charity Ladies In Pink Scarves.

For more information about the ITP Support Association visit www.itpsupport.org.uk