Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Grocers pull silly socks up for charity

GROCERS raised more than £2,000 for a cancer charity by donning “silly” socks.

Shoppers and suppliers sponsored nine workers at Glendales fruit shop in Wilson Road, Ely, Cardiff, to wear the fancy footwear and support Cancer Research UK.

It is the eighth year staff have held the event in memory of worker Angela Nelson’s mother Beryl, who suffered from breast cancer and was treated at Velindre Hospital, Cardiff. In total staff have raised £16,160.

Angela, 44, said: “It’s all a bit of fun and we get good community support. People expect us to do it every year now. For six weeks running up to the silly socks day we ask customers and our suppliers to sponsor us. They don’t hesitate to hand over cash.”

As well as wearing the socks in the store, workers also stood outside the shop with charity buckets urging shoppers to donate.

Their first silly socks day was held in 2001 at the shop where Beryl, 60, had worked for 25 years but she was too ill to take part the following year and later died.

Via IcWales

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