Welwyn Hatfield Times

PUBLISHED: 16 May 2017

Welwyn Garden City staff raise over £1,400 to help breast cancer patients

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The charity team from Marks and Spencer, Welwyn Garden City, handed over a cheque for £1414, on April 19, to the ladies from the Vicki Adkins, Breast Friends Group for the Hertfordshire Breast Unit Appeal.

This has been the stores’ nominated charity to support from May 2016 up until April 2017.

Each year, the staff at Marks and Spencer are given a selection of local charities to choose from, this goes to a poll and the one with the majority of votes is the winner.

Based at the new QEII in Welwyn Garden City, the Breast Friends Group offer help and support to people with and recovering from breast cancer.

They meet every third Wednesday of the month in a very relaxed and friendly environment.

Any charity funding goes towards The Herts Breast Unit Appeal.

The money was raised from doing a variety of events in store, including cake sales backstage, three beauty evenings, staff raffles, contributions from customers in store, staff taking it in turns to ride an exercise bike, and a seven-hour “ Abba-thon” which proved very popular with customers who sang along with Michele Hart to non-stop Abba music.

Vicki Adkins, from the Breast Friends Group, said: “I would like to thank everyone involved in the fundraising for their hard work and support for The Breast Unit Appeal.

“It has been a pleasure working with the team from Marks and Spencer Welwyn Garden City.”

The money raised will go towards some new equipment at the Herts Breast Unit called a Faxitrone machine, which is used for doing biopsy’s and the result can be seen there and then.

This means patients do not have to wait for the result, and will also cut the waiting times for patients to have this procedure.

A spokesperson for Marks and Spencer said: “The charity team from Marks and Spencer would like to thank all of their customers for the generosity and continued support with our charity events in store.”