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Staff and customers of Marks & Spencer Simply Foods, Waterloo, do their bit for Hollybank

£10,000 raised in collaboration

M&S Simply Food, Waterloo, fundraising for Hollybank. Suzanne Dyda (centre), corporate partnership fundraiser for the Hollybank Trust, pictured with volunteers and M&S staff.

From bag packs to gardening, there is no end to the generosity of the staff and customers of Marks & Spencer Simply Foods, Waterloo.

2013/14 saw a collaboration between M&S staff and customers and Hollybank, successfully raising in excess of £10,000 - the most the store has raised in any charity partnership.

Store manager Matthew Robinson said: “It is great to be associated with such a worthwhile charity and the work they do for children and adults with profound disablities.

“During this partnership I have seen staff engagement and in-store activities increase beyond all my expectations and we are very grateful to the staff of Hollybank for engaging with out staff in a very pro-active manner.

“We are delighted to announce that we have chosen Hollybank once again as our charity partner for 2014/15 and look forward to working with the team at Hollybank on more exciting events for their 60th anniversary year.

“The support of our valued customers during this time has been vital in ensuring this collaboration has been a success and we are very grateful to them for embracing Hollybank in this way.”

Hollybank cares for, educates and supports children and adults with profound and complex disabilities.

It looks after about 100 children and adults who live in supported accommodation or are day pupils at the school.

Once adults leave school, they continue with their education and activities within the Enrichment Programme.

Corporate partnerships fundraiser Suzanne Dyda said: “We have been thrilled to see the partnership develop over the last year and are looking forward to developing the relationship further in this exciting year for Hollybank.”


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