Beckton B&Q to host second fundraising mission for homeless charity Shelter

PUBLISHED: 16:00 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:18 24 May 2018

Sam Barnes at the charity cycle fundraiser earlier this month. Picture: Sam Barnes

Sam Barnes at the charity cycle fundraiser earlier this month. Picture: Sam Barnes


Staff at B&Q in Beckton are trying to raise money for homeless charity Shelter, after a fundraiser earlier this month failed to meet their expectations.

On June 16, B&Q stores across the country will be holding fairs to raise money for the organisation.

But earlier this month, the Beckton branch struggled to make an impact with their charity bike ride, which raised just £150.

“We had an exercise bike in the store which staff took it in turns to ride, but it struggled to get much attention,” said Samantha Barnes, a staff member who’s been at B&Q just six weeks.

“That’s why we want to make a big go of this event. It’s something I’m very passsionate about, and for a little store, we’ve got quite a big area to cover.”

Staff are looking to raise £1,000 over the three-day event, which will have face painters, children’s entertainers, balloon artists and Krispy Kreme donuts on offer to get people donating.

To make it a success, however, they’re looking for dance troupes who could perform on the day. If you’re a local dance group who would like to offer your services, contact Samantha Barnes on 07484777911.

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