Octopus bags a success

Octopus bags a success

Octopus Personnel invited local businesses to celebrate their biggest fundraising success yet.

On September 6, several local businesses joined the staff after raising enough money to pack 70 ‘School in a Bag ‘ bags!

The success was all due to their fundraising raffle at Gillingham and Shaftesbury show on August 15.

Visitors to the Octopus  stand could win prizes, including a £100  Hamper, by guessing how many balloons were in their “School in a bag” van.

Sandra Smart credited their success to supporting a local charity in Yeovil where as little as £20 can be donated and the donors get to see where the money is going.

‘We have always given clients chocolate or alcohol at Christmas, until I met Lis Foy their School Liaison Officer last year, who is here today. I went to see their pop-up shop in Yeovil last December, and it was then we decided to make ‘School in a Bag’ our chosen charity.

“Clients are given a number: this number tells them where the bag went. Last year’s numbers went to Gambia, and the client is able to see a picture of the child who receives the benefit of their donation. It really is a transparent process.

Sandra added: “We couldn’t have done this without the really generous support of local businesses. I just hope our support for this local charity so close to home is catching!”

A number of local businesses attended the celebration and Lis Foy was there to collect the total sum of the donations – a cheque for £1,400.

Lis Foy, the school liaison officer said: “Its an amazing achievement and they have such enthusiasm, I’m really pleased to have them as supporters.”

‘School in a Bag’, based in Yeovil, is a simple solution created to help poor, orphan, vulnerable and disaster-affected children throughout the world. Each SchoolBag is filled with stationery, learning resources and eating utensils that enable a child to write, draw, colour, calculate, express themselves, and above all, learn. http://www.schoolinabag.org/

Octopus Personnel is a local recruitment company based in Gillingham more than 10 years ago by managing director, Sandra Smart.

https://octopuspersonnel.co.uk 01747 825568

Pictured below from left to right;

Keith Brownhill – The Dextra Group, Maria Bingham – Best Fittings Ltd, Sandra Smart – Octopus Personnel, Richard Bingham – Best Fittings Ltd, Paul King – Paul King Landscaping




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