The community co-operative on Eday – a beautiful island that forms part of Orkney’s northern isles - celebrated the opening of its newly refurbished shop recently, and welcomed a very special volunteer this week, in the form of Pudsey Bear!

The community co-op was set up in 1982 and runs the island’s only shop, post office and fuel pumps, as well as creating much-needed local jobs. The community played host to Pudsey Bear ahead of tonight’s Children in Need, and he even spent some time learning the ropes in the shop, as a thank you for the money the shop has helped to raise for the charity through its raffle.

Pudsey with Kate and Moira from the community shop. 

Plunkett's Kirsty MacColl, who has been working with the community, congratulated them on their achievement: “Eday is reached by a daily ferry service from Kirkwall, or once a week by plane, and its remoteness means that the co-op has become a cornerstone of the island’s viability. Recognising the need to adapt and refresh things, the co-op successfully gained the investment needed to refurbish and add to the shop, and it looks amazing. Well done, everyone!”