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MORE than £600 has been donated to charity from a business park.

The money was collected by Hero Bear – the Help for Heroes mascot – at an event held to celebrate the charity being picked as Lakeside North Harbour’s charity of the year.

Staff picked Help for Heroes and the bear collected £640 to start the fundraising, which was all Lakeside’s profits from the Colour Me Happy Fun Run that took place in the grounds at Lakeside in June.

Karen Tyrrell, client manager at Lakeside, said: ‘We are delighted that our personnel have decided on Help for Heroes, as it is a charity that is very close to the hearts of many people in this area, many of whom have loved ones serving or who have served in the armed forces.’

Derek Benger, who works for contractor Mitie at Lakeside, suggested Help for Heroes as his local pub, The Royal in Commercial Road Portsmouth, often hold events for the charity.

Mr Benger said: ‘The invaluable work that H4H does cannot be underestimated.’