5th Dec, 2016

Charity efforts lead to award

Aaron Wise 27th Nov, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

AN EVESHAM woman has raised a glass after winning the ‘Fund-raising Individual Award’ at a prestigious ceremony.

Lucy Bickerstaff celebrated scooping the accolade recently at the 16th annual Pride of Marks and Spencer (M&S) awards, for going above and beyond to support the town’s community.

The 40-year-old is a food customer service assistant at the town’s M&S, and was put forward for recognition for her efforts to raise £35,000 to fund a new specialist wheelchair-friendly playground for the Vale of Evesham School.

As part of the campaign, Ms Bickerstaff organised a host of charity events and recruited local celebrities to help promote the cause, and has even already started supporting other towns to repeat her success to help create other wheelchair-friendly play areas.

“I was ecstatic when I found out I’d won the award,” said Ms Bickerstaff

“Seeing the playground as a complete project is fantastic and I’m so thrilled all of my hard work has paid off. I’ve really enjoyed being involved with charity work,” she added.

Fliss Morehen, head of employee engagement at M&S said: “Since 1999, the awards have helped us to celebrate the outstanding people who work in our business.

“We recognise local heroes and encourage others to get involved in some of the inspiring activities M&S teams are involved, such as raising money for charity.”