Staff at Marks & Spencer have shown their support for Barnsley Hospice by raising over £20,000.
Over the past 12 months, the team at the Barnsley store have raised the money through customer donations for bag packing, in-store raffles and collections, and donating the 5p carrier bag levy. They also used funding from the M&S ‘Spark Something Good’ campaign to go towards transforming the hospice garden.
Sam Silverwood, fundraising manager at Barnsley Hospice, said: “We are extremely grateful for this generous donation from the team at M&S and for their hard work in supporting us over the last 12 months.
“We rely heavily on donations from businesses and community groups which either help towards our general running costs or fund specific projects and specialist equipment.”
Neil Ledgwidge, clothing and home section manager at the M&S Barnsley store, said: “We are delighted to present the hospice with a cheque for £20,000 which we hope will make a really big difference to patients and their families.
“We’d like to thank all our customers who supported our fundraising efforts throughout the year – without their help it wouldn’t have been possible and we’re so pleased to have raised such a fantastic amount.”
The money raised from M&S will help the hospice provide specialist care for anyone in Barnsley with a life-limiting illness, including cancer, motor neurone disease and heart disease.
Donations from the Barnsley business community help the hospice raise the £2.2m it needs each year to care for patients and their families. A further £1.6m is provided by the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
Photo: Left to right: Vicky Stead, community fundraiser at Barnsley Hospice, Neil Ledgwidge, Sharon Elsworth and Ken Barnes from M&S and Sam Silverwood, fundraising manager at Barnsley Hospice