Batman and Robin, Darth Vader and a Minion were among the characters out and about in Rugeley last Saturday (January 23rd), when a local company took over the running of the town’s Barnardo’s charity shop for the day.
Staff from Cannock-based Briggs Equipment, namely Paul Dickson, Toni Campbell, Fleur Poree, Harjinder Kandola, Janet Nobel, Angela Smith, Danny Hitchins, Bethan Baker, Esther Trotter, Paul Armiger and Kully Nagra, raised around £450 when they rolled out the red carpet for shoppers and donned fancy dress to promote the event, which was part of Store Wars, a hugely successful national fundraising initiative.
Set up by Barnardo’s over ten years ago, Store Wars engages teams of people to manage one of its charity shops for a day as they compete to see who can generate the most money by selling quality goods at value for money prices.
The force was certainly with the Briggs team, which pulled out all the stops to sell clothing, homewares, books and DVDs at the Barnardo’s store in Fernwood Drive, Rugeley.
Thanks to their efforts the store turned over around 50 per cent more than it would on a typical Saturday.
Toni Campbell, Store Wars team leader at Briggs Equipment said: “Families from all over Rugeley made their way to the Barnardo’s shop to join in the fun and the team’s idea to dress up as film characters helped make the event a great success.
“Darth Vader and the Minion proved particularly popular, as lots of children, and some adults, enjoyed having their photograph taken with them. We thoroughly enjoyed our Store Wars experience and are delighted to have raised £450 to support the important work that Barnardo’s does to help disadvantaged children.”