Members of a volunteer group have praised staff at the Co-Operative for enabling them to continue helping people in need.
The Hayling Community First Responders (HCFRs), who assist those in need of help before an ambulance can arrive, received £450 from customers through the Selsmore Road Co-Op’s ‘Penny A Time’ scheme.
After being chosen as the Hayling Island store’s charity for 2016, the group received 1p from every transaction where customers decided to donate to charity.
The HCFRs have also been allowed to park their publicity trailer at the store, which was built to attend events and educate and inform residents about what they do.
Volunteers use the trailer to give out information and do demonstrations, such as how to use a defibrillator.
Now the group wants to thank Co-Op manager Adam Casey and his staff for their help.
Peter Halkyayd, the HCFRs group co-ordinator, said: ‘The money raised by customers will be invaluable in supporting the work of the responders in the community.
‘It will assist in maintenance of the public access defibrillators – we now have seven fully-operational ones across the island.’
When the Selsmore Road Co-Op first opened its doors, staff rushed to the aid of a resident who had fallen in the road until the arrival of the HCFRs.
Mr Casey will be leaving the Hayling store to open a new Co-Op in Emsworth, where he will look to support the community in the same way.
The HCFRs added: ‘We wish Adam well in his new role and hope to continue our partnership with the Selsmore Road Co-Op.’