STAFF at a Durham store put their best foot forward to lose a few pounds and gain some pounds for charity.

The Sainsbury’s supermarket at the Arnison Centre, Pity Me, held a 12-hour fitness event in which employees took turns on a walking machine at the front of the store "We are trying to have fun and raise a bit of money at the same time,’’ said store PR ambassador Katharine Hirst "We are kick-starting our fund-raising for Comic Relief, which will be officially launched in store on February 2.

"We have had collection buckets out and as always our customers have been very generous.’’