Badge of honour

BUILDING society customers in Morpeth have helped to raise £1,400 for Asthma UK.

The Morpeth branch of the Leeds Building Society was among 65 nationwide to sell pin badges of children’s TV character Bagpuss in aid of the charity.

Asthma affects 5.4million people in the UK, leads to 200 emergency hospital admissions a day and three people a day die from asthma, but 90 per cent of the deaths are preventable.

Morpeth Branch Manager Denise Godwin said: “This campaign proved popular and provided a great opportunity for our colleagues and members in Morpeth to raise awareness of this very common condition, whilst raising essential funds towards research and prevention.”