THE team at M&S’s new Foodhall in Hale are celebrating fundraising success as they have raised over £1,000 for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

Since opening six months ago staff efforts have included climbing Mount Snowdon, a cycle challenge and taking part in the Manchester 10k.

The fundraising was part of M&S’s Making Every Moment Special initiative, which saw volunteers from every store around the country lending a hand at local charities and organisations to make a difference.

Becki Gorman, store manager at M&S Foodhall Hale, said: “Getting involved with our community was one of our primary aims from the outset, so I’m really pleased with how quickly we’ve been able to do this. And it’s not just our colleagues that are making the difference; we have been truly amazed by the generosity and support we have received from customers at M&S Foodhall Hale who have really got behind our efforts.”

The Hale store treated volunteers at Hearing Dogs for Deaf and their puppies to a tea party in appreciation of their efforts. M&S provided tea and cake for the volunteers, who care for and train puppies in their own homes to become fully qualified hearing dogs, and the dogs were treated to an afternoon of treats, a play area and a special napping spot.

Sophie Meadows from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, said: “We were delighted to be selected as the M&S Foodhall Hale’s charity of the year and the support we have received so far has been fantastic. The whole team has really got behind us and the recent tea party that was put on for our volunteers and their puppies made everyone feel very special. We look forward to continuing to work with the store in the coming months and can’t wait to hear what fun-filled activity is next.”