BIG-hearted store staff and customers have served up a summer treat for a local charity.

Last year Sainsbury’s in Northallerton picked Mencap as their charity partner and 12 months of fund-raising brought in more than £5,520.

Local Mencap spokesman Frits Rab said: “For a big retailer like Sainsbury’s to confirm a year’s partnership with us was just incredible news.

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“I remember getting the phone-call and having a big grin on my face. We had our first meeting shortly after and we worked up some great ideas that we hoped would create great feedback with the store’s customers and colleagues.”

Store manager Jenny Iveson said: “Our colleagues have really enjoyed working with Mencap Northallerton and it’s certainly touched the hearts of many of them that before didn’t necessary have a direct link to them.

“We know what an important part they play in the community and we hope the year-long partnership has helped remind our customers of the valuable service they provide in Northallerton.

“Thanks to the partnership, we’ll certainly now be looking into ways we can support them in the future.”

*Customers now have the chance to vote for a local charity to be Sainsbury’s new partner for the coming year.

Voting takes place until June 8 and customers can vote online by going to