Staff at the King’s Lynn branch of Marks and Spencer spent 80 hours during two days volunteering at The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House on 5th and 6th June.

40 members of staff from the High Street store helped plant 40 rose bushes, paint a family therapy room and serve tea and cake to patients in two-hour shifts. They also helped out in the fundraising office and at the Hospice’s shop on Broad Street.

The project was part of celebrations marking ten years of Plan A which helps charities, communities and the environment. The project provided the Hospice with a £500 donation which was used to purchase the roses and paint for the room. Staff in the branch raised an additional £170 at a cycling event in store with the funds going towards new furniture for the family room.

Patients attending the Hospice’s ‘Monday Morning Meet Up’ were treated to cakes from the M&S café.

Chief executive for the Hospice Lyndsay Carter said

We really appreciate the M&S team’s efforts. It was great to have them here. They came when we were celebrating national Volunteers’ Week which was great.

Leonora Norris, who works at M&S said

they had picked Tapping House because they recognised they could make a permanent difference to the charity

The Hospice is always looking to work with local businesses. Anyone wishing to support the Hospice can contact the fundraising team on 01485 601701.