SHOP staff have raised hundreds of pounds for charity.
Employees at Marks & Spencer, in High Street West, Sunderland, collected £1,138 for St Bendeict’s Hospice.
The charity, in Newcastle Road, is due to move to its new multi-million-pound centre in Ryhope later this year.
The building will provide 14 in-patient beds, as well as support for as many as 16 patients in a daycare area. There will also be a specialist education centre, providing training to staff in a bid to improve care for the terminally ill across the region.
The group provides care for seriously ill patients, helping them “live life to the full in unique surroundings”.
Shop staff organised raffles, cake sales and a trip to a bowling alley in memory of a colleague who was a patient at the hospice.
Fund-raiser Sylvia Stoneham, from the hospice, said: “My heartfelt thanks go to all the staff in Marks & Spencer that helped raise such a huge amount for St Benedict’s.
“It’s always a pleasure to receive a donation, but those in memory of patients are even more special.”