Packing bags to support local charity

Staff from a leading business organisation in Coventry and Warwickshire helped a local charity ‘bag’ some much-need funds to help support families across the region.

Pui-Lin Raposo (Pin) and Marie Stephenson of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce accompanied a team of eight volunteers from Shine a Light Support Service at a charity bag pack at Marks & Spencer in Coventry city centre.

The four-hour stint behind the check-outs saw the team raise £390 and will go towards supporting families across Coventry and Warwickshire affected by cancer with home visits, counselling, coffee and activity sessions and day trips.

Sam Schoolar, who founded Shine a Light, said: “We were delighted to raise such a good amount in such a short space of time.

“We are very grateful to Pin and Marie from the Chamber and to Marks & Spencer for supporting us in this way.

“Every penny will go towards the work we do in supporting families from right across Coventry and Warwickshire who may have been affected by cancer in some way.”

Pin said: “We love working with Shine a Light. Fundraisers such as this help to bring much-needed funds but also to raise the profile of a very good cause doing great work in the community.”

The Chamber is also supporting a Casino Royale theme ball that Shine a Light is staging at The Village Hotel on February 8, 2020.

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Pictured: Pui-Lin Raposo (Chamber), Sandra Harratt (Shine A Light), Andy Bowley (M&S Store Manager Coventry City Centre).