Local charity raises over £6,000 with the help of Marks and Spencer

Local charity raises over £6,000 with the help of Marks and Spencer

Local charity, Fresh Start new beginnings, is celebrating a successful start to 2020 with the help of Marks and Spencer.

The charity, which provides therapeutic services to children and young adults who have been a victim of sexual abuse, joined forces with Marks and Spencer as volunteers from across the region serenaded late-night shoppers outside the Ipswich M&S branch during the festive period. The fundraiser was supported by volunteers from local companies such as Poundgates, Scrutton Bland, AXA, YBS, Bounce and Ipswich Rotary.

The event also included performances from Pop Chorus, Farlingaye High School and Stowmarket Kids Brass brand.

The evening was a huge financial success for the charity, with Marks and Spencer presenting a cheque for £6,347.50, which has given the charity a huge kickstart to their 2020 fundraising efforts.

Hannah Walker, Fundraiser for Fresh Start new beginnings said, “We want to take a moment to thank all the Marks and Spencer shoppers who generously donated to the charity. We would also like to thank M&S who kindly hosted the event and their staff, who made us feel welcome throughout December.

“It was an exciting opportunity, not just to raise funds, but to raise awareness of the work we do, which, for a small charity like ours, is hugely important.  It costs £2,500 to support a child through their treatment plan. The money collected has helped two children to rebuild their futures and takes further children off our waiting list.”

Ally from Marks and Spencer says “We are beyond thrilled with the amount raised by our customers and the volunteers. In our busiest month, the choir created such a calming, Christmas feel. We know how important the service is to have in Suffolk and we are so pleased to have been given a platform to raise money, and the profile of this vital charity.”

For more information on Fresh Start New Beginnings, you can visit their website here.

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