Hit­man’s sur­prise visit to sup­port shop staff

Tameside Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Chris Slater

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

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