Wilkinson’s staff celebrate first birthday of Washington store

Staff at the Wilkinson's store, The Galleries, Washington in fancy dress with Miles the Air Ambulance mascot, celebrating the stores first birthday on Friday.
Staff at the Wilkinson's store, The Galleries, Washington in fancy dress with Miles the Air Ambulance mascot, celebrating the stores first birthday on Friday.
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SHOP staff celebrated their store’s first anniversary with a fancy dress charity bash.

Employees at the Wilkinson’s store, in The Galleries, Washington, decked themselves out as Disney characters for the combined birthday party and fund-raiser in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

The first 100 shoppers through the tills received a free party bag, containing shower gels, colouring books, drinks, sweets and a body loofah, while the the life-saving group’s mascot, Miles the Pilot Bear, entertained the crowds.

Year Five pupils from Barmston Village Primary School created colourful pictures to mark the milestone.

Store manager Wendy Gray said: “We felt the best way to mark the occasion was to host a fund-raiser for the GNAAS. That way, we could all celebrate together and raise funds for a worthy cause.”

Mandy Drake, head of fund-raising at the GNAAS, said: “We’re very grateful to the store.”