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M&S charity partnership raises £6,276 for Enrych

Wonderful news! The generosity of staff and customers at Marks & Spencer Fosse Park has raised £6,276.63 for Enrych East Midlands.

Enrych East Midlands, which supports over 450 disabled people in Leicestershire and Derbyshire to enjoy more active and independent lives, was chosen by M&S Fosse Park as their charity of the year for 2016.

The fundraising year culminated with a special event to reveal the grand total and present the cheque. Miriam McKee, Chair of Enrych East Midlands, was joined by colleagues to accept the donation and thank everyone involved. She said:

“It has truly been an incredible year of partnership with M&S Fosse Park. They have given us so many opportunities to raise funds and awareness.

“The proceeds will go towards recruiting more volunteers who can share hobbies and interests with our members. We’ll also be able to run our exercise, art and allotment groups and cover the costs of travel for our day trips and other activities to reduce social isolation for disabled people in the area.

“As we come to the end of our 30th anniversary year, this generous donation is the icing on the cake. Thank you to all the staff and customers at M&S who have given their time and money to enrich the lives of others.”

The partnership came about following a nomination from M&S staff members and twin sisters Jane and Carol Southwick who have direct experience of the charity’s work.

Jane, a customer assistant at M&S, has an acquired brain injury and has been accessing Enrych’s personal assistant service for several years.

Jane said: “Having a PA has helped provide care and support to me when doing the activities I want to do, but have not always had the opportunity to pursue because I need someone to help me. I enjoy the relationship I have with my PA, particularly the companionship.”

Enrych present M&S with Thank You collage. Claudia Coxon, M&S fundraising lead (centre left) pictured with Jane Southwick (centre right) and Enrych team.

Enrych present M&S with Thank You collage. Claudia Coxon, M&S fundraising lead (centre left) pictured with Jane Southwick (centre right) and Enrych team.

Fundraising events and activities organised by the store’s charity team included quiz nights, bag packing, in-kind donations and employee volunteering at Enrych events. The donation was given an extra boost by the carrier bag levy for the year.

Claudia Coxon, who coordinated the fundraising campaign at M&S, said:

“We are very proud to be presenting Enrych with these funds which will go a long way in supporting the amazing work they do for so many disabled people, their carers and families.”

The charity thanked M&S for their support with a collage specially designed by members of the Enrych Art Group and produced with some of the materials that have been donated by the store.

For more information about Enrych East Midlands or to enquire about volunteering, visit www.leicestershire-derbyshire.enrych.org.uk or call 01530 832926.