Blakemore Retail colleagues are celebrating a record-breaking year of fundraising after generating more than £450,000 for the NSPCC.
Blakemore Retail has supported the NSPCC’s Schools Service, which visits primary schools with the charity’s ‘Speak Out. Stay Safe’ programme, for over 12 years, helping to teach children about abuse in an age-appropriate way and what they should do if anything worries them.
Colleagues have raised £452,000 over the last year, smashing their previous record of £319,000. Their incredible efforts have raised over £3.5 million for the NSPCC since launching the partnership with the children’s charity.
In-store fundraising activities over the last year have included PANTS Day over August Bank Holiday, Halloween events, Sparkle Day at Christmas, and a Wild West Weekend to help spread the message of the NSPCC’s Wild West Web online safety campaign. There were also quiz nights, car boot sales and fetes outside stores.
Dedicated colleagues also pushed themselves by taking on skydives, running the London Marathon and other 10km races across the country, and climbing new heights by tackling the Gherkin Challenge.
A group of colleagues even survived the wild on a Bear Grylls challenge by spending two days in the Brecon Beacons in Wales with limited food and water rations and no tent.
Head of Partnership Management & Development at the NSPCC Kirsty Lawson said: “We are incredibly impressed, and incredibly proud of what Blakemore Retail has achieved. After such a longstanding partnership, it is fantastic how the fundraising and commitment continues to go from strength to strength, which is truly impressive.
“We want to thank Blakemore Retail employees and customers for their amazing support and the fundraising committee, who have worked tirelessly to make this all happen in support of the children that we are helping.”
Blakemore Retail Managing Director Matt Teague added: “It’s a fantastic amount to raise for such a valuable organisation and one that makes a difference to so many children’s lives.”
“I’m immensely proud of what our colleagues have achieved and the massive effort shown this year, taking fundraising for the NSPCC to a whole new level. I can’t wait to see what the next year will bring and how we’ll be engaging with our colleagues and customers to ensure social responsibility remains at the top of our agenda.”