Thursday, 19 October 2017

Shop staff dress up for a day to help carers’ charity

STAFF at the Co-op store in Sonning Common wore fancy dress for a day to raise money for charity.

STAFF at the Co-op store in Sonning Common wore fancy dress for a day to raise money for charity.

Team manager Paul Wilson dressed as an Eighties rock star with a wig, leopard print tights, sunglasses, black vest and an inflatable guitar to reflect the “Rock around the clock” theme in the store.

His colleague Lisa Butler, a customer team member, was transformed into a Seventies disco queen with a sparkly electric blue top, flared trousers, a blonde wig and inflatable saxophone. Other staff members wore wigs.

They collected donations in aid of the Carers Trust, which has been chosen as the supermarket chain’s charity of the year.

Mr Wilson said dressing up was fun, adding: “It made a change to the normal working day and was something a bit different rather than just having a bucket at the till. There were lots of generous customers.”

Store manager Ben Whitter said: “There was a good ambience in the store. It helped to give the day a lighter feeling and helped to kick start the fund-raising.”

The store hopes to raise a total of £2,000 in a year and Mr Whitter said: “We should do well as people in this area are often generous.” Mary Jacobs, chief executive of the Reading branch of the charity, visited the store with branch chairman Venkatraman Krishnamurthy to thank the staff for their efforts.

The trust was formed by the merger of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care in April last year. It works to improve support, services and recognition for Britain’s six million carers. For more information, visit www.carers.org

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