Kids go crazee for Cromer supermarket cheque outs

Morrisons Cromer community champion Simon Clipsom (back, right) with representatives from the ten lo

Morrisons Cromer community champion Simon Clipsom (back, right) with representatives from the ten local good causes benefiting from the store's glass recycling scheme. Picture: KAREN BETHELL - Credit: Archant

Forty tons of glass bottles and jars have been turned into £2,300 of cash for local good causes at Morrisons supermarket, Cromer.

Over the past year, shoppers and businesses have been filling the store's car park recycling banks, which are looked after by Chloe and Patrick Bennett, who run Roughton's Crazee Kids Club.

Morrisons Cromer community champion Simon Clipsom last week presented cheques to representatives from the ten groups benefiting from the scheme, including Cromer Junior School, which was given £250 towards a kitchen upgrade, Cromer Youth Football Club, which received £700 for new kit, Cromer Methodist Church Community Matters café, which got £100 towards running costs and mental health group Cromer Headspace, which received £150.

Roughton St Mary's Primary School head teacher Kathryn Jackson, said Morrisons' donation of £150 would make a 'real difference' to a £2,000 appeal to install a new library.

'We are a very small school, so support like this is very valuable,' she added.

Richard Pain is chairman of Cromer Headspace, which was set up a few months ago with the support of national charity OCD Action to help people with conditions ranging from obsessive compulsive disorder and hoarding issues, to anxiety-related disorders.

He said: 'Because we are a new group having the donation is an enormous help as it will go towards training and buying books to set up a library for our members.'

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Mr Clipsom, who last week delivered tables and chairs no longer needed by the store's café to Aylmerton village hall and Cromer charity About With Friends, said having the opportunity to support so many local good causes was a 'real privilege'.

'I tried to choose a range of charities that support all age groups,' he added.

The store, which is sponsoring Croydon Steel Band's appearance at Cromer carnival, will be running a Bake Off-style cooking challenge in the carnival marquee on August 16, with staff also joining the parade on a 'Rock Legends' float.