By Carmella Haswell
With only a couple of months to go, one final push to raise £3,000 for charity, is set for March.
Wilko Store Manager, 48-year-old Dave Curtis, praised the fundraising efforts of staff, calling it “our best year so far.” He was overwhelmed by the support of shoppers adding; “It helps build a rapport with the local community and amongst staff.”
The Wilko store in Boscombe will have books, a cake sale and tombola to encourage shoppers to keep donating.
Mr Curtis raised money himself by completing a 13 mile trek across Dartmoor, finishing the journey in just six hours.
“It’s more intense than anything I’ve ever done before for charity, but it was very rewarding.”
“The scenery and of course the cause really drove us on.”
Mr Curtis walked from Poole to Sandbanks last July in preparation for the big hike. Accompanied by sixteen others from Wilko stores across the region, alone he had raised £250.
The staff of the Boscombe store, in the Sovereign Shopping Centre, chose a charity close to their hearts.
The Wilko Manager said; “A lot of staff have lost family members to cancer and we’ve lost team members in the past.”
Marie Curie is a charity that has supported people with terminal illness for almost ninety years.
Mr Curtis had also lost his farther in law to cancer, the manager and his team have such passion for the charity that they have decided to support Marie Curie, for a further twelve months.
Sovereign Shopping Centre Manager, Peter Ruscoe said, “Huge congratulations must go to Dave and his team at Wilko’s, whose fantastic fundraising efforts have raised a significant amount of money for a vital cause.”
For more information about stores and events at Sovereign Centre in Boscombe please visit www.sovereignshoppingcentre.co.uk.