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Tuesday, 23 January 2018
STAFF from Invesco Perpetual took over the Sue Ryder store in Henley for a charity challenge.
The team of five from the Henley investment firm worked at the shop in Duke Street all day as part of the charity’s annual “store wars” initiative.
Manager Mark Bartley and sales team members Laxmi Aurora, David Clayton, Becky Dobson and former Olympic rower Alex Partridge joined the store manager Cuneyt Sengunes and assistant manager Amelia Staines on the shop floor. The volunteers helped serve customers and stock shelves as well as running a raffle with prizes including a bottle of champagne, lunch at Villa Marina and Hotel du Vin and a rowing training session with Mr Partridge at Leander Club.
Miss Dobson took along some of her own possessions to donate.
The team was in competition with another group from Invesco that worked at the Sue Ryder store in High Wycombe, with both trying to raise the most money. The Henley group came out on top, making almost £3,500 compared with the £3,000 taken by their rivals.
Invesco gives employees two days a year to undertake voluntary or charity work and Mr Bartley said his team decided to support Sue Ryder.
He said: “We are used to sitting behind our desks for most of the day so it was really rewarding to take some time out and make a difference.
“It was thoroughly enjoyable and it was a great effort from both teams.”
Ben Bar-Lev, corporate fund-raiser at Sue Ryder, said: “This is such a huge achievement and the shop managers thought they were inspirational. Their work, time, ideas, thoughts and determination made such a difference.”
Earlier this month, the Henley shop won the Henley Christmas front window display competition for its festive scene featuring about 100 hand-cut paper snowflakes.
The arrangement was designed and installed by Mrs Staines, of Deanfield Avenue, Henley.
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