Eight senior colleagues from Blakemore Retail equalled Bear Grylls himself when they took on his ‘Survive the Wild’ charity challenge to raise funds for the NSPCC. The brave colleagues from Blakemore Retail spent two days in the Brecon Beacons in Wales with limited food and water rations and no tent, all to raise a whopping £13,428 for the children’s charity.
The senior team members included Acting Head of Blakemore Retail Matt Teague, Store Operations Director Chris Bacon, Regional Manager Paul Wiltshire, Property Development Director Alastair Haigh, Group Marketing Director Sarah Ellis, Retail Operations Support & Marketing Assistant Manager Caroline Wills and Area Managers Dave Parry and Mark Paddison, along with NSPCC Partnerships Manager Romaine Maret.
Back at stores, colleagues were encouraged to arrange fundraisers and donate money in order to become a friend or foe of the senior team, either pledging money to help a challenger gain a Veto card against a task, or joining other store staff to ensure the contender with the most money raised had to complete the worst tasks, including eating bugs.
Blakemore Retail has been in partnership with the NSPCC for 12 years, helping to raise vital funds for the organisation’s Schools Service, which visits primary schools with the charity’s ‘Speak Out. Stay Safe’ programme in order to teach children about abuse in an age-appropriate way.
Blakemore Retail colleagues have raised over £3million for the NSPCC to date.