Office workers leave their desks in charity battle

(left to right) Garren Meakin (37), Elise Hall (49), Sian Locke (32), Irene McFarlane, Tina Bloomer the shop manager, Wendy Ashworth (52) and David Jeffery (43) all worked together for the day ! ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (123501-5360)
(left to right) Garren Meakin (37), Elise Hall (49), Sian Locke (32), Irene McFarlane, Tina Bloomer the shop manager, Wendy Ashworth (52) and David Jeffery (43) all worked together for the day ! ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (123501-5360)
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TEAMS of office workers turned fantastic fundraisers to help raise a whopping £22,000.

It was in aid of children’s hospice Naomi House, which ran two initiatives last week – Store Wars and Ultimate Store Wars.

Stores Wars saw teams from the Naomi House head office give up their ordinary day jobs and take over five charity shops in a head-to-head money raising battle.

Ultimate Store Wars saw teams from IBM, VM Ware, Lombard, Hall & Woodhouse, RBS and SSE, take on the challenge and each run a charity shop for the day.

The team who took over the Naomi House charity shop on West Street, Fareham were crowned the Store Wars winners.

They collected £2,200, of which they took nearly £1,300 in store on the day.

The remaining they collected by doing a car boot sale, a raffle and selling certain high-value items such as a Chelsea shirt, on eBay.

In the winning team were Sarah Hudson, Lauren Shields, Lynda Barrow, Natalie Orman, Lizzi Holt and Karen Coleman.

They chose to have a party theme in the Fareham store, with party poppers, disco music and evening wear.

The winning Ultimate Store Wars team were VM Ware, who took over the Basingstoke store and raised £3,849.

In second place were IBM, who took over the Waterlooville store with a spooky Halloween theme and raised £2,655.

Lizzi Holt, 32, fundraiser, said: ‘It was exciting, there was a nice atmosphere in the shop.

‘All the customers and staff had fun.

‘It was great to be in a shop for the day.’

Simon Owen, 48, manager of the Fareham shop, said: ‘We are so proud. We had a fabulous day.

‘We created a party atmosphere that everybody could enjoy.’

The money will go towards a Halloween party and will contribute towards the running costs of both Naomi House and Jack’s Place.