Staff see red for Sport Relief at Ankerside Shopping Centre

March 18, 2016

TAMWORTH shop staff have thanked customers for supporting them in their efforts to raise money for Sport Relief.

The team at Ryman stationery store in the town’s Ankerside Shopping Centre have twice donned sport-inspired fancy dress for the charity, first on March 4 and again on March 18.

They have also raised funds for the nationwide charity with collection tins, a raffle of goodies plus a name the teddy bear competition.

Also taking part by dressing up on March 18, Sport Relief day,  were staff at Bag Magic and Claire’s Accessories.

As one of the main sponsors of the charity, Ryman Stationery were seeing red with a rack of Sport Relief pens on sale at just £1 each. With a football match inspired rattle on one end, the pens are proving popular, with all the money made from their sales going to Sport Relief.

Donning fancy dress to promote their fundraising efforts, the Ryman’s team did their best to look ‘sporty’, a challenge for most members of staff.

Store supervisor at the Tamworth branch Jess Smith said:

“We’re pushing the sale of the pens at the moment as every penny goes to the charity.

“We’ve also got dressed up, though we’re not a very sporty bunch,  But it’s all for a good cause so we’ve done what we can. I don’t even own a pair of trainers so it wasn’t easy.

“We’d like to thank everybody who has supported us and donated to Sport Relief.”

Ankerside Shopping Centre manager Jeff Wigley said:

“It’s great to see some of our tenants getting behind such an important, and fun, charity event.

“They have had plenty of support from our generous customers as the people of Tamworth always enjoy both backing a good cause and having a bit of a laugh at the same time.”

Sport Relief is part of the Comic Relief charity, launched in 1985, and the two causes take it in turns to run an annual fundraising mission.

The last event, in 2014, raised over £71 million which is spent both here in the UK and across the globe and went towards helping 7.9 million people.

Last time 140,000 people took up the challenge and either walked, ran, cycled or swam their Sport Relief mile and the charity is hoping for even more participants this year. Visit www.sportrelief.com for more information.

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