Fash­ion helps cause

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

A MAC­CLES­FIELD fash­ion store has helped turn a black shop­ping day into a red let­ter day for East Cheshire Hospice.

Staff at Fat Face on Mill Street nom­i­nated the char­ity to ben­e­fit from their na­tional Thanks For Giv­ing cam­paign, which ran over the Black Fri­day week­end last Novem­ber in all Fat Face stores.

In­stead of of­fer­ing cus­tomer dis­counts, the com­pany opted to do­nate 10 per cent of all prof­its earned over that week­end to char­i­ties up and down the coun­try and staff in the Mac­cles­field store chose the hospice as their nom­i­nated char­ity.

Store man­ager, Jen­nifer Lewis, said staff were keen to do some­thing which would have a real and mean­ing­ful im­pact on their lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“Rather than the day only be­ing about mak­ing ex­tra money, we were in­spired to give some­thing back and as the work of the hospice touches so many lives we were de­lighted to sup­port it,” said 33–year-old Jen­nifer.

The to­tal amount raised for the Fat Face Foun­da­tion over the week­end was al­most £200,000 – the sin­gle big­gest do­na­tion in the his­tory of the Foun­da­tion – and staff at the hospice were re­cently very pleased to pick up the cheque of al­most £890 from their lo­cal store.

“As a lo­cal char­ity, we don’t of­ten get sup­port from large na­tional com­pa­nies and with a large per­cent­age of our run­ning costs hav­ing to be met by do­na­tions, this was a fan­tas­tic way for a big or­gan­i­sa­tion to sup­port our work,” said Rox­ana Pir­lea, cor­po­rate and com­mu­nity re­la­tion­ship man­ager at the hospice.

●● Fat Face col­leagues Paddy White and Jen­nifer Lewis, store man­ager

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