Doncaster shops to take part in fearsome fundraising

Community event.
Community event.

Staff in two Doncaster convenience stores are set to host some fearsome fundraising activities to raise money for the NSPCC’s ChildLine Schools Service.

The SPAR stores in Doncaster Road, Armthorpe and Petersgate, Scawthorpe will join SPAR shops from across the North of England on October 31 to take part in ‘Go Green for Halloween’ to raise money for the children’s charity.

As well as dressing up in spooky costumes, staff at both stores will be selling fiendish homemade cakes and buns to raise funds for the charity.

Armthorpe store manager, Debbie Bushell said: “The day promises to be lots of fun and we hope our customers and people from the wider community will come into the store and help us to raise as much money as we can.”

The Armthorpe store will also host face painting and guess the number of sweets in the jar activities, while in Scawthorpe staff will be holding a children’s colouring competition.

Customers are also invited to come and join in on October 31.

Scawthorpe store manager, Donna Couch added: “Everyone is welcome to join in the fun between 12 and 5pm. The ChildLine Schools Service is a very worthwhile cause and every penny we raise on the day will be well used to help children.”

Money raised by ‘Go Green for Halloween’ will support the ChildLine Schools Service, which has been set up to give primary school children the awareness they need to recognise abuse, and to seek help sooner. By 2016 trained volunteers from the ChildLine Schools Service aim to have reached 1.7m children through 25,000 school visits in the UK. Through assemblies and smaller classroom-based workshops they will help children to understand abuse, give them the confidence to talk about it and to know who to turn to if they need help.

Maribeth Lloyds, NSPCC corporate partnerships fundraising manager, said: “This sounds like a really fun event and we wish staff at the store every success in their fundraising. The money raised will really help us keep children safe from harm, giving them a brighter, happier future.”

SPAR has been working in partnership with the NSPCC and ChildLine since 2006 and has raised over £4 million to support the charity’s services, which help many thousands of children and young people every year.