M&S Spread Festive Cheer

ms-2Colleagues at Marks & Spencer stores across the Home Counties have joined forces to ensure disadvantaged children in refuge have a gift to open on Christmas Day.

Teams from 25 M&S stores across the region have donated over 1,000 presents to the KidsOut. Team members from across the 25 stores handed over the presents, which included cuddly toys, games, dolls and sports equipment, to the charity on December 20th as part of their Giving Tree initiative.

The KidsOut Giving Tree initiative allows companies to sign up and receive tags with a child’s name, age and appropriate gift suggestion. Employees then purchase the recommended gift, whilst KidsOut ensure each present is received by a local child in refuge.

Sarah Manlow, M&S HR Business Partner, said: “The KidsOut charity is a cause very close to the hearts of colleagues and customers alike, therefore the Giving Tree was something we really wanted to be involved in.

“One of our colleagues at M&S Sixfields brought in 20 presents after she told her adult children about the initiative and they asked that she donated their presents to the Giving Tree.”

“Team members across the Home Counties North region have put in so much effort to ensure as many disadvantaged children as possible receive a gift this Christmas – we couldn’t be prouder of all our colleagues for rallying around and donating to such a great cause.”

Julian Margolin, Chief Ambassador at KidsOut, said: “The generosity of M&S staff across the region means so much to the children that we look after at KidsOut. The gifts will truly help them have the best day possible. While kids all over the country receive dozens of gifts during the holiday season, children living in refuge may not even expect to have one. At KidsOut we believe that these children deserve more and, through Giving Tree, work to give them a Christmas to remember.”

“We were overwhelmed when they arrived at our doors with the mountain of presents – thanks to the hard-working elves at M&S stores we have lots of great gifts ready for Christmas!”