Marks & Spencer, Princes Street - 1 December 2015

Determined employees at M&S Princes Street have paid for a day of care at Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh having raised £6,600 last year.

The store held a number of events in aid of the Hospice, their chosen Charity of the Year. Each year, M&S stores around the country select one charity to support for the full year, hosting fundraising events with customers and employees.

Two employees, Jeanette Dunbar and Jean Bell, raised a fantastic £1,100 following a gruelling charity walk along The West Highland Way. The pair completed the 96 mile challenge from Milngavie to Fort William over six days in May last year. Other fundraising activities included an in-store raffle and book sale, which along with matched funding from the company, added around £3,400 to the total amount. £2,060 was also donated from Clothing and Home carrier bag proceeds.

Jenny McPartlin, M&S Princes Street Store Manager, said: “We’re all so proud of everyone that helped with reaching this impressive amount and to Jean and Jeanette for their huge achievement; the challenge was no easy feat. We can’t thank our customers and employees enough for their support and generous donations throughout the year, to raise such a huge amount for our chosen charity is just fantastic. Marie Curie is such a valuable service for the local community and one close to the hearts of some of our own team.”

M&S has chosen to pay for the 1st December being a poignant time of year for everyone and in particular all the families and patients at the Hospice who are going through such a difficult time. The store plans to visit the Hospice at this time with some Christmas treats for the patients, their families and the nurses who work over this period.

This is a fantastic amount raised by M&S Princes Street staff and customers. I know much time and effort has gone into their charity initiatives and it also sounds like they've had a great time too.  “We’re so grateful for this support and it will make a real difference. We need to raise £6,175 per day and couldn't do it without the support of the local community and charity partners like M&S.
Fiona Bushby, Fundraising Manager at Marie Curie Hospice, Edinburgh
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