Newsagent revealed as top fundraiser in East Anglia

Lorfords shop manager Lesley Bray with war veteren George Goodchild.
Lorfords shop manager Lesley Bray with war veteren George Goodchild.
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A Bury newsagents has been recognised as the National Lottery’s top independent fund-raising shop in East Anglia - raising £2.5 million to date.

Manager of Lorfords newsagents, Lesley Bray, was handed a special plaque on Monday by World War II veteran Sgt Major George Goodchild, 94, from Stanton, who this year received lottery funding for a trip to Normandy.

The money was raised through sales of lottery tickets and scratchcards, with a percentage going to good causes. Lesley said she had no idea the shop, on Central Walk, had managed to raise so much cash for charity.

She said: “I was overwhelmed when I found out we had won this award.

“I had no idea we had raised so much money especially for such a small shop.

“It was quite a shock when we heard the figure.

“It was lovely meeting George today - it is nice to meet someone who has benefited from the money raised.”

A great-grandfather of ten, George served seven years in the army earning a raft of medals.

Three months ago he received a lottery funded Heroes Return award - meaning he could visit Normandy to pay his respects to those that served and died.

George said it was nice to return to the newsagents to hand over the award.

“Do they still do cigars?”, he said, “I used to buy them here 50 years ago.”