PRIDE OF M&S AWARDS 2017 – A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
Since 1999, we have held our annual Pride of M&S Awards. The black tie ceremony is always an eagerly awaited event in the M&S calendar, and this year proved to be no exception.
We don’t just focus on our day jobs at M&S. The awards recognise all types of achievements, from individuals who have gone the extra mile to help their local community, to the outstanding successes of people who have joined us through our employability programmes. They are a glittering platform to recognise our local heroes, showcase our people’s stories and inspire others to get involved – ultimately building a more engaged and stronger workforce. This year the winners received a £100 gift card and a £1,000 donation from M&S to a charity of their choice.
Mike Barry, M&S Plan A Director, said: “The Pride of M&S Awards are a great way for us to recognise some very special colleagues who really go above and beyond to help each other and those in their local communities. We’re very proud of all the winners who came from across the UK to join us for a celebratory evening. It was also great to be joined by Ruby Wax who kicked the night off by sharing her passion for mindfulness and encouraging us to take care of our mental health and finished with a comedic set that ended the night on a real high for all involved.”
John Fletcher, a Sales Advisor from Dover, won The Inspiring Individual Award. John was born with Down syndrome, but this hasn’t stopped him being a DJ with his local MENCAP centre or helping to run coffee mornings at his local church. He said: “Working with great people and being part of an incredible, friendly community always motivates and encourages me to reciprocate everyone’s kindness by giving back to my community.”
The Charity Champion Award went to M&S Oadby Customer Assistant Lindsay Rajczyk who works tirelessly for Leicester charity Adapt, running three weekly support groups for families of pre-term babies and children. She said: “The group I run with Adapt is something that is incredibly close to my heart – my own son, Alex, was born 18 years ago at 26 weeks, weighing just 1lb 6oz. if I can make an awful time more bearable for the families of premature or unwell babies, then it’s all worthwhile.”
Christopher Hall, Section Co-ordinator at M&S Falkirk, won the Volunteering Award. Christopher has been with M&S for 15 years while working as a special constable with Police Scotland, contributing over 30,000 hours of voluntary work within his local community. He said: “Volunteering has been a significant part of my life for as long as I can remember. I’m passionate about giving back to the local community and helping in whatever way I can to make even the smallest difference.”
Customer Assistant Michael Wright from Cleveleys, picked up a Community Award. Michael volunteers for the Blackpool Lifeboat centre for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) and is a mentor at the Streetlife homeless charity. He said: “I’m delighted to win this prestigious award through my work with RNLI volunteers. I’m dedicated to helping young people and I really enjoy my job and being part of the community, so this award is extra special.”
Many congratulations to them all!