Portsmouth Law firm goes back to the ‘80s during job swap day

DONATION From left: Laura Hardiman, Ruth Wallis, Anthony Ferreira, Lord Mayor Frank Jonas, Lynne Morgan, Kimberley Calvert and Amy Clatworthy.
DONATION From left: Laura Hardiman, Ruth Wallis, Anthony Ferreira, Lord Mayor Frank Jonas, Lynne Morgan, Kimberley Calvert and Amy Clatworthy.

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Lawyers from Coffin Mew takeover Naomi House store as part of its national Store Wars competition

Members of the Coffin Mew team were challenged to run the Naomi House store, High Street, Cosham, as part of the children’s hospice charities national Ultimate Store Wars competition.

Businesses up and down the country were challenged to a job swap, serving customers and raising money for a store.

The challenge was to see which company could raise the most money for the charity, as they were set sales targets, and each store had a different theme for their store.

Before the law firm opened for business, the team held a charity breakfast at the Coffin Mew office, in Lakeside, to get the ball rolling.

The group decided to go with a 1980s theme for their store, with staff wearing leg warms and neon head bands, while playing games that fit the era, as well as selling cakes and running a tombola through the day.

Ruth Wallis, from Coffin Mew, organised the event and said she was really happy that all her colleagues had embraced the challenge head-on. Ruth said: ‘The team really enjoyed having a day out of the office and doing something a little bit different.

‘Being at the heart of our local community, and trying to raise as much money as 
we could for a great cause, was such a fun day.’

Amongst all the fun, the team from Coffin Mew were joined by the owner of Gin and Olive restaurant and bar in Albert Road, Southsea, Anthony Ferreira, who donated £250 as the group pushed towards its final target.

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Frank Jonas, visited the store in Cosham to see how the lawyers were getting on and praised their efforts for all the funds they raised.

The group managed to raise a total of £1,902.58 from sales in store and online donations, which was double the target set by the staff at Naomi House.

The team now wait nervously to see if they’re to be crowned the Store Wars champions.