Hitman’s surprise visit to support shop staff
X-BOXING star Ricky Hatton threw his weight behind a good cause with a surprise visit to a supermarket.
Former world champ, known as ‘the Hitman’, popped into Asda in Radcliffe, near Bury, to collect a cheque for £17,000,
Staff at branches of the chain across the area have been raising cash for Brain Tumour Research with events such as a Wear A Hat Day and cake sales.
The store, on Phoenix Way, raised more than £3,000; that’s more than any other store in the region.
And as a token of appreciation, Ricky surprised colleagues and customers by turning up to collect the donation in person.
Ricky, who is among one of the charity’s celebrity supporters, said: “I am a proud supporter of the charity and of Wear A Hat Day.
“We need to raise funds to find out more about the biggest cancer killer of our children and this is a great way in which you can have a laugh at the same time.”
Stephen Bonsall, Community Life Champion at the store, said: “Brain Tumour Research does brilliant work for such a worthy cause; we are delighted to be able to support them through our fundraising events.
“We would also like to thank our colleagues across our Manchester stores who took part and all of our customers who very generously donated – and a special thanks to Ricky Hatton for calling into the store to meet some of the people of Radcliffe who put their hands in their pockets.”
l● From left: Ricky Hatton, Asda Community Life Champion Stephen Bonsall, Lauren Ryan of Brain Tumour Research, Asda Reddish manager Moe Brien, customer trading manager Jenny Crook, and Radcliffe store manager Lee Haken