a nine-year-old star fundraiser has inspired her local food stores to take on her cause as their nominated charity.
The Co-op shops in Alwoodley and Moortown are backing the efforts by Evie Addelman for the Leeds branch of Crohn’s and Colitis UK.
Evie, who has battled Crohn’s disease, has already raised almost £1,800 after she started her Evie’s Way campaign, including a blog and Twitter account.
Now it is hoped that the support from the shops will collect several thousand pounds over the next 12 months.
The link-up came about after Mohammed Ashfaq, manager of the Alwoodley branch, read about Evie’s efforts in the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Mr Ashfaq said when Evie’s dad Rob, a regular customer, talked to him about the article, he was determined to help.
“I said we’d like to get behind it. We want to support her as best we can,” he said.
A launch event has been held and collecting boxes in stores have amassed around £300 in just a few days.
“We got the balloons up and people were excited and wondering what was going on,” Mr Ashfaq said. “It’s all because of this local hero.”
He added that he was planning to hold fundraising events and other stores may also back the cause.
Evie, from Alwoodley, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease last year after her parents insisted to doctors that something was seriously wrong.
The youngster had surgery and was treated with steroids and is now home, although she still gets very tired.
Her dad Rob thanked Mr Ashfaq for his “fantastic efforts”, including bringing in other branches.
“Evie was delighted when I told her our local Co-ops were going to be supporting her cause.
“Evie’s Way is not only about raising money, but awareness is key to the charity and this will go towards raising the profile.”
Read the blog at www.evies-way.blogspot.co.uk and donate at www.justgiving.com/EviesWay.