Store wars challenge raises £52k for Barnardos

Published:  04 January, 2012

UK: Leading companies from Saint-Gobain Building Distribution, including Jewson, Gibbs & Dandy, Graham, Minster and Pasquill recently came together for an event designed to raise money for the group's 'together' charity partner Barnardo's. By taking over and running a variety of Barnardo's stores in December, the teams managed to raise an £52 000.

On 7 December, 14 teams from Jewson, Gibbs & Dandy, Graham, Minster and Pasquill took over their local Barnardo’s stores for the day. The teams put their competitive natures to good use to run the store with the aim of raising as much money as possible. Activities across the stores included fancy dress; raffles, cake sales, car and van wash services and visits from well known sporting figures.

The winning Barnardo's branch was run by a team from Jewson who raised a staggering £8699 in total. This was closely followed by a team from Minster who managed to raise an impressive final sum of £6008.

Peter Hindle MBE, chief executive of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution UK and Ireland commented: "The Store Wars Challenge really was a unique event that allowed staff to utilise their selling and people skills to raise as much money as possible. We have never held an event like this before and all the teams made an exceptional contribution towards the fantastic final sum raised."

Since 2002, the ‘together’ charity programme has raised over £2 million for some great causes including the British Heart Foundation, Great Ormond Street, Cancer Research UK and Help the Hospices. The programme encourages staff, their families, customers and suppliers from across the various brands within Saint-Gobain Building Distribution to organise and participate in a range of activities to support the nominated charity through fundraising and volunteering.

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