M&S charity aid
Colleagues at M&S Aylesbury have raised more than £2,500 to Chilterns MS Centre – a charity which supports those living with multiple sclerosis and their families and carers. The money raised will go towards funding physical, practical and emotional support and treatment for users.
Store staff have been fundraising for the charity for the past year after the centre was nominated as their charity of the year. The cause is particularly close to the team’s hearts because several colleagues have friends and family who have been affected by the disease and use the centre for support.
Colleagues and customers have undertaken a host of different activities, including a static bike ride which raised over £250 and a bring and buy sale helping their fundraising total to £2,580.
Elaine Lockett, for M&S Aylesbury, said: ‘Chilterns MS Centre is a fantastic charity which makes a real difference to people’s lives. It’s a hugely important cause for our colleagues and customers, and we’re incredibly grateful to be able to support the charity and help make a difference within the local community.’
Sharon Cooper, Corporate Fundraising Manager for Chilterns MS Centre, said: ‘We have been blown away by the phenomenal support that we have received from M&S over the past year; the team and local community have really gone the extra mile to support us.
‘The money raised will help fund our treatments and support, including physiotherapy, oxygen therapy, counselling and occupational therapy. Thank you to the team at M&S Aylesbury who have worked extremely hard and to the generosity of the customers to raise this amazing amount of money. This will provide a further 74 hours of treatment to those that need it.’
Chilterns MS Centre is a small charity based in Wendover. Each year it requires more than £1 million to continue supporting more than 550 people affected by MS.
The centre relies on members’ and supporters’ generosity to reach its target, as it receives less than 10% funding from the NHS. The work they do has a positive impact on people’s everyday lives, not just on their physical wellbeing.