WORKERS at Marks and Spencer in the town centre have raised more than £1,400 for Barnsley Shopability, in memory of a former colleague.

Ron Hatch died on July 11 2011, aged 59 due to problems with his pancreas.

He worked at Marks and Spencer and used to carry donated groceries to Shopability where his mother, Lavinia, uses a mobility scooter.

The staff raised enough money to buy a new mobility scooter and wheelchair, and for modifications to other wheelchairs.

Nigel Roberts, from Barnsley Shopability, said: "It will make a lot of difference to people because people feel more independent with a wheelchair."

His mum Lavinia, of Darfield, said: "It's absolutely brilliant, I go in each week to Marks and Spencer and I do appreciate what they have done, they have been very supportive.

"Ron was a very well liked man by everyone who met him. He was never a well man, but you wouldn't have known that because he was so willing to help everyone else."