The team at St Barnabas Hospice, Grantham, were delighted when the newly opened M&S in London Road retail park picked them as charity of the year.
Now they are over the moon to discover that the grand total raised, thanks to the efforts of both employees and customers, is a whopping £7,558.79.
On Monday, Grantham’s M&S store manager, Dean Law, unveiled the total raised to a very thrilled corporate fund-raiser for St Barnabas Hospice, Tina Dingley.
Dean said: “It was the staff’s choice for St Barnabas to be charity of the year. We had a shortlist and they voted for the hospice, which was clearly an important cause to a lot of local staff. Just some of the things done to raise funds include in-store raffles, cake-baking, and backpacking during the busy times at Christmas and Valentine’s Day.”
Despite being busy with their own jobs at M&S, the staff have also taken the time to volunteer at St Barnabas’ day centre, regularly attending and helping out at their coffee mornings. They have then returned to the store and told colleagues about their experiences.
“The hospice is a cause which has touched everyone across town in someway, through someone they know,” added Dean.
Both he and Tina say the joint work has led to some real friendships between M&S Grantham staff and those at the hospice.
Tina said: “It’s just been a brilliant partnership - how a charity of the year should be. The M&S staff have been absolutely fantastic, with all these fund-raisers, and the customers have been so generous.”