Stubbington staff raise more than £1,200 during fun day

Welcome store staff dressed as Disney characters at the shop's fun day. Picture: Allan Hutching (151296-034)
Welcome store staff dressed as Disney characters at the shop's fun day. Picture: Allan Hutching (151296-034)
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Staff from the Welcome store at Stubbington embraced their inner child to raise money for St Francis’s School, Fareham.

The shop at Upper Old Street, Stubbington, held a charity fun day during which the staff were challenged to dress as Disney characters.

Minnie Mouse, Snow White, Jesse the Cowgirl and Princess welcomed customers to the store offering face-painting, cake stalls, lucky dip and a raffle.

The store, which is part of the Co-operative group, raised more than £1,200 for the school at Oldbury Way, Fareham.

St Francis provides children between the ages of two and 19 who have severe learning difficulties or profound and multiple learning difficulties with the highest quality of education.

The school relies heavily on charity donations to fund new equipment and facilities for the children to ensure a fun and creative learning environment.

Welcome store’s owner Richard Dance aims to get his staff involved in its community as much as possible and each year they try to support a different local charity.

He chose St Francis after one of his employees, Michelle Thorpe, told him of the support they had given her grandson.

Michelle said: ‘I was a bit overwhelmed by the kindness of all our customers who supported our fun day.

‘The children at the school will benefit greatly from all their generous donations.’

The store managed to collect donations from other local businesses, who put products and gifts towards the fun day’s prize draw.

Despite the weather hampering the staff’s plans to have a party gazebo outside, they managed to fit everything indoors, which customers said created a great atmosphere.

Vicki Rowe-Shawyer, who works in the store, said: ‘The fun day was a great way to support such a good cause.

‘It was fantastic for the staff and the community to come out and show their support.’

To find out more about the work St Francis School does visit