M&S employees are making their mark this summer as they support M&S Northern Ireland’s charity fundraising campaign, with the aim of raising £100,000 for Action Cancer’s counselling and therapeutic services.
Employees from 18 stores across the province, their family and friends, are taking part in many novel fundraising events including a ‘Gran Fundo’ event at the M&S Newtownbreda store at Forestside Shopping Centre which will include a cycle challenge as well as a sponsored walk.
Customers too can get involved in the many fundraising activities being organised in support of the campaign, including a ballot to win an A Class Mercedes car, sponsored walks, in-store sponsored cyclothons and exercise classes, bag packing and kids’ entertainment.
Speaking about the challenge, Ryan Lemon, Head of Region for M&S in Northern Ireland 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.”
M&S stores taking part in the Action Cancer fundraising campaign include:
Upper Road, Belfast (Ballyhackamore)
Boucher Road, Belfast
Bow Street Mall, Lisburn