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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