Marks & Spencer in Handforth Dean choose The Christie as charity of the year

Mike Holliday, Naomi Smith, Luke Howarth, Sophie Brotherton-Burns and Seb Lingwood, employees at Marks & Spencer Handforth Dean

Marks & Spencer in Handforth Dean have chosen The Christie in South Manchester as their charity of the year.

To kick off the year, two Marks & Spencer employees – Glenn Myles and David Hanks – took part in a bike challenge, cycling over 63 miles from Handforth Dean to Buxton and then onto Cheshire, covering part of this year’s Tour of Britain 2016 route.

In addition, six employees are set to climb Ben Nevis in a bid to raise vital funds for the cancer centre charity based in Withington.

Mike Holliday, Luke Howarth, Naomi Smith, Tina Swali, Sophie Brotherton-Burns and Seb Lingwood will be tackling Britain’s highest peak on August 5.

Other activities will include sponsored walks and runs, bag packs, cake bakes and raffles.

M&S Handforth Dean store manager, Frances Deasy, said: “Each year, M&S stores across the country make a commitment to working with local causes for the good of the immediate community.

“It was important for us to choose a local cause that is close to the hearts of our employees and people in the area.

“The Christie is a charity our team feels very strongly about as many employees have been affected by cancer in some way at some point in their lives.

“We look forward to working with the charity during the year ahead and hope that our customers will get behind our fundraising activities and show their support by donating on our Just Giving page.”

Mary McLaughlin, Corporate Fundraising Officer at The Christie charity, added: “We are delighted to have been chosen as M&S Handforth Dean’s Charity of the Year. We rely heavily on the support from local businesses and the general public.

“Without the support of our fantastic fundraisers we would not be able to give patients and their families the level of care and support that we do.

“All donations made to The Christie charity are vital to the ongoing success of the hospital as they can be used wherever the need is greatest to ensure we are making a difference to all of our patients.”

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