STAFF and customers of McColl’s store on Pembroke Road, Melksham, joined by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, raised money for the store’s charity trust, with Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) as the chosen recipient for this fundraiser.
McColls charity trust, says that 12 young people die every week of sudden cardiac arrest, with 624 young people dying each year. Melksham branch manager, Tracey Griffin, came up with the idea to walk from the shop in Pembroke Road to Stratton’s Walk 624 times, to raise funds towards research for the charity.
Tracey said, “I wanted to do something different instead of just baking and selling cakes.
“It’s not just the staff that walked, the customers did it too. We even asked the Mayor, cllr Adrienne Westbrook and Deputy Mayor cllr Jon Hubbard to walk some laps too. It gave it such a community feel with everyone coming together.”
Their target was to raise £624 to tie in with the cause, which Tracey hopes they will achieve. Over £600 has been raised from customer sponsorship, selling gifts, books and cakes instore, and also having donation tins beside the tills.
The staff and customers succeeded in their target of 624 laps over the 5-day period, with each person walking as many as they could when they had a spare minute. They walked approximately 312,000 metres, which took an impressive 358,800 steps!
They would like to thank everyone who donated, walked or encouraged them along. As a group the McColls, formerly Co-Op, staff are always fundraising for different causes, so keep an eye out for the next fundraising event.