M&S staff set £10k target to raise for Cancer Charity

Staff at local M&S stores are gearing up to raise funds for charity.
Staff at local M&S stores are gearing up to raise funds for charity.

M&S employees in Lisburn are making their mark this summer with the aim of raising over £10,000 for Action Cancer’s counselling and therapeutic services

Staff will be joining 16 other stores across the province as they support M&S Northern Ireland’s charity fundraising campaign.

M&S Lisburn will be hoping to raise a personal store target of £10,000, while M&S Bow Street will be aiming for £1,800.

Staff and their family and friends will be taking part in many novel fundraising events including bag packing, cake sales, cyclothons and more.

Speaking about the challenge, Patrice Ash, Store Manager of M&S Lisburn, said: “I’m delighted to be joining so many employees in getting involved in this summer’s charity challenge. Whether it’s planning fundraising in-store, or sponsoring participants, there is a chance for staff and customers alike to be involved.”

Dougie King, Head of Fundraising and Communication at Action Cancer added: “Currently there are 63,000 people living with a cancer diagnosis in the North. By 2030 100,000 people in Northern Ireland will be living with a cancer diagnosis, which means that Action Cancer continues to develop and expand its counselling and complementary therapy services free of charge, at Action Cancer House and at 11 locations in the community across Northern Ireland.

“A cancer diagnosis affects the whole family, and so included in our services is counselling for children as young as 5 years old, sometimes using art therapy, as well as other interventions provided by our professional team. We are very appreciative of the fundraising and awareness raising support of M&S staff and customers, because it enables us to support even more families impacted by a cancer diagnosis, in the weeks and months to come.”