The fundraising of the M&S Guiseley Simply Food store has won them the Epilepsy Action fundraising team award 2019.
M&S Guiseley chose Epilepsy Action as their charity of the year in July 2018. So far, they have raised over £7,919. They extended the partnership into 2019 too.
The store staff have held events for Purple Day, Epilepsy Action’s Tea Break and through National Epilepsy Week. They have hosted volunteers from Epilepsy Action to pack shoppers’ bags. The shop’s customers have been really generous with their donations.
The store chose to fundraise for Epilepsy Action because a staff member, Helen Davies, has a daughter with epilepsy. Helen says that the store has been very understanding and accommodating when she needs to leave work because her daughter has a seizure at school.
Accepting the award, Rachel Croft, store manager, said: “This award is a brilliant recognition of the work and generosity of all our staff and customers. It’s great that we can work together to raise money for issues that affect members of staff. Thank you to everyone who has donated so far.”
Helen Davies, said: “I am so pleased that the store has won this award. We are all very proud. My daughter, Lucy, has epilepsy and my colleagues and managers have been so supportive. It’s great that they have all done so much to raise funds for a charity close to our hearts.”