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Blakemore Retail Recognises Top Fundraising Stores

September 08, 2020

Blakemore Retail has recognised its top fundraising stores after raising more than £252,000 for the NSPCC during its last fundraising year.

Over the August Bank Holiday, the top three fundraising stores and most improved store received a visit from Blakemore Retail Store Operations Director Chris Bacon or Blakemore Retail Managing Director Matt Teague.

Each store received a personalised certificate and trophy.

Blakemore Retail has supported the NSPCC’s Schools Service, which visits primary schools with the charity’s ‘Speak Out. Stay Safe’ programme, for more than 14 years, helping to teach children about abuse in an age-appropriate way and what they should do if anything worries them.

Colleagues raised £252,910 in 2019/20, taking Blakemore Retail’s partnership total to more than £3.7 million for the NSPCC.

In-store fundraising activities thrived in 2019, including PANTS Weekend, 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. During the coronavirus pandemic, 2020 fundraising saw a rise in fancy dress days and virtual fundraising activities.

Dedicated colleagues also pushed themselves by taking on a variety of fitness challenges that ranged from climbing Mount Everest and Mount Snowdon to taking on Tough Mudder and 10km races across the country. Adventurous colleagues also took fundraising to heroic heights with the NSPCC’s Big Skydive and a Fire and Glass Walk.

Blakemore Retail Managing Director Matt Teague commented: “I’m immensely proud of what our colleagues have achieved during such a challenging year.

“I would like to thank every single Blakemore Retail employee and customer for their amazing support. Without your help and generosity, we wouldn’t be able to support the NSPCC’s mission to help children stay safe from abuse and neglect.” 

​NSPCC Executive Director of Income Generation Josephine Swinhoe added: “We are so incredibly grateful to Blakemore Retail staff for continuing to support us, even in these testing times.

"The money raised enables us to transform childhoods throughout the UK, and I am thrilled to extend my congratulations to all of the winners for 2019/20.”

The top fundraising stores are as follows:

1st Place Top Fundraising Store and Most Improved Store: Winthorpe Avenue
£7,102 fundraised in 2019/20

1st place fundraiser - SPAR Winthorpe Avenue

2nd Place Top Fundraising Store: Brumby Corner
£4,557 fundraised in 2019/20

2nd place fundraiser - SPAR Brumby Corner

3rd Place Top Fundraising Store: Bettws
£4,153 fundraised in 2019/20

3rd place top fundraiser - SPAR Bettws

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