intu Potteries in the Community
Published on 25/04/2017

At intu Potteries we go the extra mile when supporting the local community. Here’s what we’ve been supporting so far in 2017.

The Big Sleep Out 2017 
Toni, one of our data control team and Louise, our guest services duty manager took part in the Big Sleep Out on Friday 3 February along with Stoke on Trent College to raise money and awareness for the Macari Centre homeless charity. They have raised £455.00, with the total raised including gift aid £533.75! 
Children in Need
Mark, one of our loading bay security team took up the role of organising events for Children in Need. He is a member of a local ghost hunt squad and organised a staff only ghost hunt in the centre to raise money. He also did two charity auctions including a Stoke City FC and Port Vale FC signed shirt. The last of his events was to encourage retailers to dress up on Children in Need Day. Many stores took part and Mark collected donations from centre and store teams.

In total Mark raised £1,100.15 which was then boosted by the intu Employee Recognition Fund to £1,375.

Great British Spring Clean 
On Friday 3 March Lorna and Larna from our business support team and Louise guest services duty manager volunteered at the Hub in Fenton to take part in “The Great British Spring Clean” where they sanded and painted doors, steam cleaned tables and chairs, stock checked and organised the paint cupboard and sorted boxes for the hub. This was part of their volunteering hours. 
“Zumbathon” for British Heart Foundation
Kieran from our customer services team used some volunteer hours to support the British Heart Foundation at their fundraising “Zumbathon” where he sold cakes and raffle tickets and gave fruit and refreshment to the Zumba dancers.

Strawberry tea 
Staff baked cakes and held a Strawberry tea afternoon with tea, cakes, games and a raffle for breast cancer care and CRUK on Friday 3 February. The centre also sold unity bands from the customer services desk.
£172 was raised from the Strawberry tea, again boosted to £258 by the intu employee recognition fund and £78 was raised from the selling of unity bands.

intu Staff Awards 
Staff from intu Potteries and intu Trafford Centre were invited to an Awards evening at the Imperial War museum in Manchester. £260 was raised from the sale of the tickets which is being donated to the Douglas Macmillan hospice. 

Peter from our night cleaning team here at intu Potteries has raised £2,323 for the Donna Louise Children’s hospice by doing regular car boot sales.

Joe from our data control room runs a small “tuck shop” offering staff drinks and snacks with all proceeds being donated to the Douglas Macmillan hospice. Since January he is raised £500.

We’ve also held in centre events including:

The National Literacy Trust where joined forces with Stoke-on-Trent City Council to launch Stoke Reads – a new campaign to get the whole city reading.  
On Wednesday 22 February local families were given the chance to get involved in Stoke Reads at the centre. Over 2,800 free books were given out to children and there were exciting performances and storytelling sessions from authors and artists including Dom Berry and Kate Leake.

We received a twitter post from Kingsland C.E. Academy in Hanley. One of their pupils, 7 years old Hollie Williams, had built a 3D model of intu Potteries as part of her Challenge homework.

We thought it would be great to see Hollie’s masterpiece up close. Hollie very kindly agreed that we could borrow her model and that we could display it at our customer service desk for a weekend for all the passing shoppers to admire. As a thank you from the centre, Hollie received a gift bag from Smiggle, her favourite store, which opened at intu Potteries last year.

Sandrine Rutter, marketing manager said “As you can see we have a great team here at intu Potteries who really go that extra mile in the community raising money and volunteering their time. We are also supported by intu through the employee recognition fund which boosts money raised by staff which is great for the staff and community”.

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