THREE Co-op stores have contributed to a £1,250 donation to Life Education lessons.

'Harold and the Life Bus' as it is also known educates primary school children about the effects of obesity, drugs, smoking and other substances.

A £250 donation was made by the Creekmoor store in Northmead Drive, £500 was donated from the Bearwood store in King John Avenue and £500 from the Poole store in Ringwood Road.

Matt Hunter, store manager at the Co-operative Food in Ringwood Road, Poole, said: "We all appreciate what the charity does for our local children. I have got my first child on the way and our Bearwood store manager also has young kids.

"Harold and the Life Bus is really prominent in the area and I rarely see any anti-social behaviour so it must be having an impact."

Lorraine Hewitt, fundraising manager at Life Education Wessex, said: "We are delighted with the support from Southern Co-op's stores which will help support Life Education for over 350 children."