They came, they browsed, they shopped… and they raised more than £5,000 for St Luke’s Hospice.
The Battleshops challenge saw opposing volunteer teams from communications giant BT take over the running of the St Luke’s shops in Ecclesall Road and Crookes.
The two teams generated stock, contacted suppliers for high value donations and then got down to the hard work of persuading shoppers to part with their cash.
As well as giving them plenty of merchandise to sell – sourced through a nationwide BT appeal – there were raffles and an eBay auction.
And to keep the party atmosphere going throughout the day of fundraising volunteers all wore fancy dress.
The result was an extra £5,500 in revenue – and with more stock still to be sold over the next few weeks, that figure will increase.
“The brief was to achieve the greatest percentage increase in shop sales compared to the same period last year,” said St Luke’s Head of Retail Paul Summerland.
“Crookes just pipped Ecclesall Road to the post by achieving an increase of 93 per cent more than last year compared to 70 per cent from Ecclesall Road.
“Either way St Luke’s had a phenomenal day.”