Retail workers colect £200 on fundraising day for cancer charity

Argos staff in Heanor raised �200 their charity partner Macmillan Cancer Support with an Easter Egg-stravaganza fundraising day on Saturday March 26; pictured are store workers Katie Draper and a bunny-suited Ian Sharpe
Argos staff in Heanor raised �200 their charity partner Macmillan Cancer Support with an Easter Egg-stravaganza fundraising day on Saturday March 26; pictured are store workers Katie Draper and a bunny-suited Ian Sharpe
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Staff at a major Heanor retailer sprang into action recently to help their partner charity with an Easter Egg-stravaganza in-store fundraising day.

Workers at Argos got busy collecting donations from customers on Saturday, March 26, raising a total of £200 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The money will fund an equivalent of seven Macmillan nursing hours, as the service strives to ensure that no one faces cancer alone.

The driving force behind the event was store worker Ian Sharpe, who has a personal record of raising more than £15,000 for various charities and was recently nominated for the Derby Telegraph Community Champions Award.

Ian, who dressed in a rabbit costume for the day, said: “I’m so proud of my team, who did an incredible job. Not only did we have a brilliant time, but this is a fantastic total. The turn-out and support from the local community was really inspiring.

“It’s a cause that is close to my heart as I lost my mother-in-law to cancer, so I know how much support from a charity like Macmillan means.”

Ian’s colleagues went all out with their fundraising as they kicked off their second year supporting the charity.

Activities on the day included a face painter who decorated the faces of 25 customers in exchange for donations, and an Easter egg raffle with more than 25 eggs donated by members of the team and generous customers.

Macmillan manager Sarah Callan said: “Congratulations to all Argos colleagues and customers in Heanor who have done a fantastic job.

“Thank you from everyone here at Macmillan for all your support. With your help we can be there for more people affected by cancer.”

After voting to support Macmillan as their UK charity partner last year, Argos staff nationwide helped to raise a £1million in just seven months.

They hope to raise a combined total of £3 million by March 2017, which could fund the equivalent of more than 100,000 nursing hours, and Macmillan’s many other services which help people in the fight against cancer.