M&S staff raise £6.6k for LIVES charity

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Staff at Boston’s Marks and Spencer store have raised a whopping £6,600 for LIVES First Responders.

The employees took part in a 12-month fundraising campaign for the charity, and organised a range of activities from sponsored bag packing, bingo, bake sales and a 30-mile per staff member static cycle challenge. M&S head office awarded the store an extra £1,500 for its efforts, taking the total to just over £6,600 for the charity.

Kim Bavetta, charity champion at M&S Boston, said: “Each year M&S stores across the UK select local charities to support and we are delighted with the dedication of our employees at M&S Boston have shown to raise the amount we have for this great cause. This charity is very close to the community both here in Boston and wider Lincolnshire, so it’s great to give something back to say thanks for all of the good they do in the local area.

“The volunteers at LIVES regularly give up their time to respond to emergencies in Lincolnshire, so we wanted to ensure that we not only raise awareness of the organisation, but also provide the financial support they so heavily rely on.”

Stephen Hyde, funding and marketing officer at LIVES, said: “We were delighted when we found out that M&S Boston would be supporting LIVES for 12 months.

“We are always trying to raise the awareness that we so desperately need to effectively support the community, so having M&S Boston’s support has been a great platform for us to promote the vital work we do for the community.”