7 September, 2015

The gift that keeps giving

The staff at Marks and Spencer in Douglas, Isle of Man, are supporting Muscular Dystrophy UK through to March 2016. They’ve started fundraising with a whole range of events which have so far raised £3000. Here’s a round-up of their activity so far in this year of fundraising:

The charity team at the store have been selling damaged and shop soiled stock to staff along with charity branded wristbands. They are also holding staff cake bakes to increase the amount they raise.

In partnership with Muscular Dystrophy UK’s Isle of Man branch, they have held a customer bag pack during TT races week in June. This is the time when the store is at its busiest with thousands of people visit the island.

The team also took part in the annual Douglas Carnival and decorated their double decker bus float in the style of a 70’s disco. Not only did they attract plenty of onlookers but they also managed to collect £311 from members of the public. They also picked up the award for best dressed vintage vehicle. As a result they received a £100 restaurant voucher and raffled that to increase funds further.

Staff member Maria also walked a staggering 42 miles of the annual 85-mile round island Parish Walk which takes place on the island every June and raised £295 for her efforts.

“I pushed my muscles that extra few miles when I thought about the people affected by Muscular Dystrophy and how my own muscles would recover with simply a hot bath and a rest”

Activities continued at the beginning of August with a quiz night and disco at the Douglas Yacht Club who kindly provided the room free of charge. Staff did all the food themselves and organised the music too. The night was great fun and raised £570 with the Olly’s Angels team coming out as winners on the night.

Future plans include another customer bag pack, a bingo afternoon at Palace Bingo Douglas and a bike ride to raise sponsorship for staff member Martin Alman. Martin is doing a Dive with Sharks event in October. In addition a member of staff will also be taking part in Make Today Count next February.

Keep up the good work guys!

Inside M&S