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Sage set a new record during a Shop Takeover

Staff from Sage Gosforth, have set a new record during one of our shop takeovers, raising a mammoth £2613.29 in one day at our Gosforth shop on Friday 17th November.

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.

Our shop takeovers are 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. Sage has become a well-known company at our shop takeover days, with each team trying to build on the last team’s efforts.

We had the delightful Sage Managers in running our shop last week and wow, did they do amazingly! We had veteran Mandy who has done a couple of Shop Takeover’s now with other eager managers all getting stuck in.

Mandy Griffiths, Proactive Team Manager, commented:

This is my second takeover now, I really feel like I’m making a difference and helping the Hospice when I see all the stock being sold. I do love the Takeover Days, they’re great. It is hard work but it’s worth it and they’re a really fun day.

Kylie Smith, Loyalty Team Manager, added:

My grandad was in the Hospice for end of life care, so my grandma was always doing loads of things to raise money for them. I grew up round the corner too so the Hospice has always been a prominent charity for us as a family.


Now when I visit my mam with my little girls, we always pop into the shop in the Hospice when we walk past, it’s such a lovely place and I know how much of a difference it can make.

 Lucy Cook, Senior Fundraiser at St Oswald’s said:

Our Shop Takeovers are a great way for teams to bond outside of work. We’ve had a few Sage teams visit now and each team is more competitive than the last! Our retail shops are a vital section of raising money for the Hospice and when we get teams come in such as Sage, we can sometimes double the amount we’d take on a normal day!

If you and your team would like to get involved in one of our Shop Takeover days, please get in touch with Siobhan Sargeant our Corporate Fundraiser, who can get you and your team set up in one of our 27 retail stores around the region.

Please email: siobhansargeant@stoswaldsuk.org or call on 0191 285 0063, Ext: 2129, to find out more.