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intu Metrocentre takeover our Gosforth shop

Staff from intu Metrocentre have set a new record during one of our Shop Takeovers, raising an incredible £1579.95 in one day in our Gosforth shop Tuesday 1st August 2017.

St Oswald’s Shop Takeover Challenge puts teams of colleagues from businesses across the region through their paces by allowing them to ‘takeover’ one of their 27 region-wide charity shops for a day with the challenge of hitting a fundraising target. The team are required to manage and sell stock and design window displays to entice customers into the store.

A shop takeover is a great alternative for a team building activity. Participants get stuck in before the day even arrives by collecting stock and coming up with fun and interesting ideas to boost their profits. The staff at intu Metrocentre really threw themselves into this challenge, they got together and brought in plenty of donated goods, they even turned up in fancy dress.

The sun shone on the day and intu took full advantage of this by holding a tombola outside the shop window. With 7 members from Metro Centre, the tombola went down a roaring success with items such as intu vouchers being raffled off.

Rachel Bainbridge, from Team intu Metrocentre commented:

We had a fantastic day helping the Gosforth team in their store, it was great to see the passion each of the staff members have for volunteering and making a difference. As a team it was a great experience for us, we’re all from different departments at intu Metrocentre - including security, environmental services, customer service and marketing - so it was great to see everyone working well together. I would definitely do it again.

Clare Cannon, Community Manager, intu North said:

St Oswald’s Hospice is one of the most recognised and hardworking charities in the north east and we are pleased to be able to offer our support as one of our nominated charities. All our staff receive two days volunteering per year, so we were delighted to support the shop takeover. Our team thoroughly enjoyed the day and we are thrilled to be top of the Shop Takeover Leader Board. It was a fantastic team effort!

Siobhan Sargeant, Corporate Fundraiser at St Oswald’s said:

We were delighted to have our friends at intu Metrocentre take on the running of one of our shops for the day. Our Gosforth shop is a popular hotspot and intu soon smashed their fundraising target. The whole team got stuck in running the shop and I even saw a ‘Minion’ running around which was great fun. intu have now set a new St Oswald’s record by raising a whopping £1579.95 on the day. Our shop takeovers are something a little different compared to your usual team building activities – and they are great fun too!

If you think your colleagues could rival the amazing efforts of Team intu and run one of our shops for the day, you can find out more here.