Over the last year, we have been Marks and Spencer’s Charity of the Year. Volunteers have been to the Newton Abbot Outlet store once a month to do bag packing, often in fancy dress! As well as being a good fun and raising money, it has been heartwarming to see the relationships the staff have with their customers. Many elderly clients are regulars and are well known by all the staff – they could predict with surprising accuracy who would pay by contactless, card, or cash and they knew which customers had a Sparks card or would want their bags packed. They knew whose daughter had been to stay recently and who had just had grandchildren. They worried if a regular hadn’t been in, and were visibly relieved if they turned up. This is the first step towards befriending and the kindness of these staff should not be underestimated – without them, there would be a much higher demand for services like ours.
Over the course of the year, M&S raised a fantastic £2500 for Volunteering in Health. THANK YOU to everyone who voted for us, bag packed, or donated their change – it really does add up!
At the end of February, local performance group, Words for Voices, put on a concert for Volunteering in Health at Bitton House in Teignmouth. It was a fabulous evening, full of laughter as well as several more thought provoking pieces about growing older. We raised about £300 on the night – thank you to everyone who came – we hoped you enjoyed it! And thank you of course to the performers for giving up their time for us.
Trinity School in Teignmouth also did some fundraising for us at Christmas, raising an impressive £600 in one afternoon! Thank you to everyone involved with this.
At the moment we are busily knitting Easter Chicks and stuffing them with Crème Eggs! If you can knit or donate some chocolate eggs it would be much appreciate, supply almost never meets demand with these!!