Colleagues raise £25,000 for friend

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Hundreds of city retail staff have joined forces to raise more than £25,000 for Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

Staff at Marks and Spencer Meadowhall organised everything from bake sales to weigh-ins, and calendars to bucket collections to smash their fundraising target, after much-loved colleague Pat Roome was diagnosed with myeloma - a cancer of plasma cells in the bone marrow.

The money raised will support the haematology department at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital where Pat, aged 59, of Gleadless, is still undergoing treatment.

Wendy Davies, who has been leading the fundraising in store along with colleague Sue Copper, said: “More than 500 staff have taken part in raising this money. It’s just amazing. We wanted to raise £25,000 in 25 weeks because it is Marks and Spencer’s Meadowhall 25 year anniversary, which gave us £1,000 a week target.

“The amount was daunting so we couldn’t believe it when we were told we’d exceeded our target. All departments got involved and were enthusiastic even if they didn’t know Pat very well. It was marvellous, and because it was for Pat, everything we did was emotional.”

Colleague Sue added: “We’ve been amazed at how well Pat has coped with treatment over the past three years and we know the hospital staff have played a big part in that. Without them I think she would have given up long ago. We feel privileged to help.”