Blakemore Retail Colleagues’ Daring Deeds Raise Over £200k for NSPCC

Blakemore Retail Colleagues’ Daring Deeds Raise Over £200k for NSPCC

Posted 28 January, 2019 at 17:28

Author Mark Bradshaw on behalf of (ISW) Independent Shop Watch

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Colleagues from Blakemore Retail SPAR stores went above and beyond during the latter half of 2018 to raise over £200k for the children’s charity.

Jumping out of planes, running up sky-scrapers and cycling across the country are all things Blakemore Retail employees can now tick off their fundraising hit-list.

These challenges were successfully navigated in the second half of 2018 as staff from the SPAR store operator sought new and daring ways to help the NSPCC.

As a result of the considerable efforts of their employees, Blakemore Retail raised more than £200,000 for the children’s charity in just six months.

The funds will be used to support the NSPCC’s ‘Speak out. Stay safe’ service, which gives children the knowledge they need to stay safe from abuse and neglect.

Other fundraising events run by Blakemore Retail employees included Halloween, a Battle of the Bakes competition, Christmas-themed fancy dress days and Sparkle Day. In-store activities in December alone raised a fantastic £59,380 for the charity.

Blakemore Retail has now raised more than £3 million over the last ten plus years to help the NSPCC make a difference to hundreds of thousands of children’s lives.

Fundraising Manager at the NSPCC Romaine Maret NSPCC said: “Blakemore Retail is one of our most loyal supporters, raising vital funds for our fight for every childhood for more than a decade.

“The commitment, creativity and courage shown by their employees in their quest to raise as much money as possible for the NSPCC is really inspiring.”

Blakemore Retail Store Operations Manager Chris Bacon added: “We set our store managers and colleagues a huge challenge at our managers’ conference last June to raise an extra £500k for the NSPCC and they have fully embraced this.

“Over the last six months of 2018 we saw some incredible events, including the Big Skydive and PANTS Day, along with the usual cake sales and fancy dress days. Our colleagues are amazing and I know they have lots more creative fundraising planned for the next six months too!”

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