WONDERFUL workers at a Wearside Poundland store have helped raise a record-breaking total for charity.
Staff and customers at the city centre shop, in Market Square, have raised a staggering £24,601 for the company’s nominated charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.
The amount was the highest by any store in the country and went towards Poundland’s £1,035,000 total.
The drive, which the firm called Mac-million, saw staff take part in a 24-hour Three Peaks Challenge, dress down days and hold charity collections and raffles, over the past five years to help reach the million-pound mark.
David Blakeley, Sunderland’s store manager, said: “We have really thrown ourselves into the charity fund-raising. It’s such a good cause that is close to many of our hearts.
“I would like to say thank you to our customers for their support too.
“I am so proud that our store is the most successful fund-raising Poundland store in the whole country for Macmillan.”
Director of fund-raising at Macmillan Cancer Support, Lynda Thomas, said: “A huge congratulations to everyone at Poundland in Sunderland who have worked so incredibly hard to raise this money for Macmillan.
“We are grateful for your ongoing support.
“The money you have raised will go a long way to helping Macmillan to ensure that no one faces cancer alone. Thank you.” Not content with helping Poundland to beat the Mac-million milestone, staff are already planning their next fund-raising event for the good cause – to create some fun for Easter during the half-term.
To help Macmillan, visit macmillan.org.uk/getinvolved.