Kind-hearted staff got behind the checkouts for a speedy bag-pack in honour of brave teenager Ryan Coutts.
Employees at supermarket giant Sainsbury’s organised the charity day to raise money for the Brain Tumour Research charity, after hearing of Ryan’s battle with an aggressive brain tumour.
The big day, held at the Butterley branch, Ripley, saw Ryan,14, and his family take part in an array of events including a sponsored bag-pack, a tombola, cake sale, and a balloon release.
Sainsbury’s bakery manager Kirsty Hardy, who helped organise the event, said the day was a huge success, raising £1,040.
She said: “Everyone enjoyed the day, particularly the balloon release – both the adults and children got involved. We are happy to back such a worthy cause.”
The charity day, held on Friday, July 25, comes after it was announced the children’s charity would be the store’s chosen charity of the year.
Ryan’s mum Caroline Coutts said: “We are chuffed to bits that Sainsbury’s has chosen to back Ryan’s cause. Coming from a small town, we have had so much public support and it means so much to Ryan and our family.”
Ryan, from Ripley, was diagnosed with a tumour and hydrocephalus, which causes fluid on the brain, in November. Since then he has had three operations, chemotherapy and is currently undergoing radiotherapy.
A pupil at Mill Hill School, Ripley, Ryan was admitted to the brain tumour ward at Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre and the same night he was told he had the tumour.
After his first operation, plucky Ryan vowed that he wanted to raise money to help other child victims.
To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/Ryan-Coutts1/