Staff from the Marks & Spencer Orbital Retail Park store came to Prospect Hospice today to present a cheque for more than £3200 towards the care given to patients and families by the much-loved local charity.
The cheque represents money raised in-store through its national Penny Bazaar event and from the generosity of customers who’ve made donations while the retail giant has celebrated its 125th anniversary this year.
Store Manager, Dave Smith said: “It was an overwhelming decision to support Prospect Hospice through our fundraising this year and, having come here today to see for myself the fantastic work they do, I fully understand why.”
Administrator Lin Simmons added: “Prospect is a charity that means a lot to many of us at M&S. We’re very pleased that the money we’ve raised will provide care for local patients and families.”
The M&S team raised the money through a variety of events, including a race night at the Tawny Owl, a sponsored skydive completed by managers Zena Adamson and Steve Jordan, the Penny Bazaar event and also through collection tins at the Orbital store.
Prospect’s head of fundraising Sheryl Crouch, said: “We were thrilled that Dave, Lin and Steve came to the Hospice, and that we were able to say a huge thank you to them for their superb fundraising in 2009.”
The M&S team also confirmed that they will continue to raise funds for the Prospect Hospice over the Christmas period.