Graduates take over charity shops to raise money for Naomi House

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YOUNG people on a graduate training scheme raised £20,000 for a children’s hospice.

Graduates on a scheme run by Vodafone took over charity shops owned by the Naomi House children’s hospice, including the charity’s stores in Cosham and Fareham.

The graduates’ challenge, in the style of TV programme The Apprentice, was to see how much money they could make for the charity in one day. Different teams worked together to man the tills, host a raffle for customers and take part in a charity cycle on an in-store exercise bike.

They raised a total of £10,000, which was matched by the Vodafone Foundation.

Martin Efford, of Naomi House, said: ‘This was an amazing achievement by the graduates and far exceeded expectations.

‘I was so impressed by the enthusiasm and creativity of all the teams.

‘My shop managers had nothing but praise for them.’

Naomi House, based in Sutton Scotney, is the region’s children’s hospice.

It costs around £5m a year for the charity to provide support for young people with life-limiting conditions.

Vodafone programme leader Nicola Fitzgerald said: ‘We’re impressed with what they’ve achieved. The event has enhanced their business skills and given them the chance to put something back into the local community.’