Generous shoppers dug deep at the weekend to raise thousands of pounds for Help for Heroes in the Priory Shopping Centre.
People donated buns, cakes and biscuits for the Bake for Heroes cake sale on Saturday 2nd May.
Tony Eaton, of Help for Heroes, said: “It was a cold day and at times it rained but it did not stop the public turning up, some even brought homemade cakes and buns to the stall for us to sell.”
“The Hero Bears were in attendance and dozens of children gave the bears a hug and had photos taken with them.”
“We also had a special guest appearance from our World War Two hero Ken Beard, who is also a Help for Heroes volunteer, and Ken always calls to see us when we are in town. We are proud of him.”
In total, residents helped to raise £1,580 from the cake sales, donations and sale of merchandise.
“The event could not have taken place without the Help for Heroes volunteers who again gave up another day to man the stalls and wear the bear costumes,” Tony added.
“A big thank you also to David Aunins, Priory Centre manager, and his team for all their help and support, and again allowing us to come into the centre.
““A huge thank you again from me and the Help for Heroes team, and from all the wounded injured and sick service personnel.”