STAFF at Marks and Spencer in Chester have raised £11,000 for their charity of the year Alzheimer’s Society by undertaking a variety of events throughout 2018 and 2019.

Commenting on the success of their fundraising year, Amy Jones from M&S Chester, said: “The events we undertook at the store included: bag packing, bucket collections, sale of Alzheimer’s Society trolley coins, and selling badges.

"We had a member of staff, Hannah Waring, do a sponsored 15k trek.

"There was also a Zumbathon event, a psychic medium night at the Mollington Banastre called ‘A medly of mediums’ raising £800, and a static bike challenge. Homemade cakes were sold in the canteen, the store displayed banners and display boxes, and also took part in Alzheimer’s Society’s Elf Day.

"Added to this there were Memory Walkers, and bike riders helping to raise a fantastic figure to aid the work of Alzheimer’s Society.

"Thank you to our amazing management staff and customers for their support. There was great communication and help with fundraising in store with bike rides and collecting, alongside bag packing over Christmas 2018. We couldn't have done it without everyone’s help”.

Ashley Pennington, community fundraiser for Alzheimer's Society, who attended the cheque presentation in stor,e said: “It’s wonderful that such an established store in the heart of the community chose to support Alzheimer’s Society for the past year. Dementia devastates lives, but dementia won’t win. Until the day we find a cure we will be here for anyone affected by dementia, where ever they are, whatever they’re going through. We need more people to join us now and unite against dementia.”