Local store’s charity boost

THANKS to the efforts of colleagues and customers at The Original Factory Shop in March, the store has now raised £736.01 for their 2011 local charity partner, MIND.

Colleagues at the store organised regular fund-raising events for MIND as part of the Original Factory Shop’s Make a Difference in Your Community campaign, with the aim of providing support for a truly local charity.

Their efforts have contributed to an impressive £100,000 total that has been fund raised across the country by Original Factory Shop stores taking part in the campaign, raising money for hundreds of good causes across the UK since it launched back in January 2010.

Store Manager, Tricia Bagge, said: “It’s fantastic to know that together with our customers, we’ve helped to raise a huge amount of money for people in need, including £736.01 for MIND here in March. We’re passionate about supporting causes in our local community close to our store and that’s why we carefully chose MIND as our partner for 2011. We’re hoping to raise even more funds before this year’s partnership ends in December.”

The store at Wisbech Road will soon be launching a search for a new charity partner for 2012.

The Original Factory Shop is committed to small town centre shopping in an era when many other big businesses are moving to out-of-town shopping centres. The retailer aims to be an integral and valuable member of the community, supporting local people in as many ways as possible. The Make a Difference in Your Community charity campaign was formed to meet this aim.

Angela Spindler, CEO of The Original Factory Shop, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have reached the £100k milestone. This is testament to the dedication of our colleagues and to the generosity of our customers. The funds will help to make a big difference to people’s lives, supporting causes across the country.”