Customers and staff at a Waitrose supermarket have raised £575 for the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust charity.

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Shoppers at the Eaton branch of Waitrose voted to support two areas of the hospital in October 2013, by placing tokens into the store’s Community Matters box. Buxton children’s ward and the Targeted Radiotherapy Appeal (TRA) have both received donations.

£290 has funded new toys for children to play with during their stay in hospital and £285 was donated to the hospital’s TRA campaign.

The campaign aims to raise £600,000 to provide state-of-the-art facilities for people undergoing internal radiotherapy, known as brachytherapy, which is used to treat prostate and other cancers.

Louise Cook, fundraising manager at the N&N, said: “We are very grateful to Waitrose and their customers for supporting these two departments. Their Community Matters token system is a great example of how local businesses and the community can support a local charity benefiting patients in Norfolk.”

Melanie Spillman, from Waitrose, added: “We were delighted to support our local hospital through our Community Matters scheme. Our customers like supporting local causes and showed this through the amounts raised for both departments.”

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