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Black Friday benefits hospice
Customers got more than they bargained for when they shopped at a trendy retailer over the so-called "Black Friday" weekend.
Fat Face in High Street, Brentwood donated 10% of its net profits to Saint Francis Hospice for five days starting from Thursday 26th November instead of discounting its products.
This year the designer clothing brand, which has more than 200 branches across the UK and Ireland, decided to mark Black Friday by supporting worthy causes and staff at the Brentwood store chose the hospice because of the care and support it has given to their family and friends of staff over the years.
"My best friend Diane Wilkinson was cared for at the hospice before she died three years ago," said Assistant Manager Mandy Coles.
"I visited her at the hospice and it was such a wonderful place."
The hospice also cared for her aunt Jean Jarvis and her father-in-law Jim Ash was looked after by the Hospice at Home team.
Store Manager Ben Jones lost his mother Carol Jones 27-years-ago but he can still recall visiting her at the hospice where she later passed away.
"I was only five at the time but I remember the beautiful grounds at Saint Francis Hospice. My mum died on our summer holiday in Bournemouth, but her care was vital to making that holiday possible even though she didn't get to finish it. The charity provides amazing care and support to people at the most difficult time in their life and it is so appreciated."
Michelle Gower, Community Fundraiser at Saint Francis Hospice said: They are a lovely team at Fat Face. It's really important to us to have local businesses supporting our work and raising much-needed funds for the hospice. We look forward to working with them again in the future."
Note: The UK has taken on the American tradition of Black Friday, which takes place the day after Thanksgiving and sees major retailers offering huge discounts and promotions to kick start the Christmas gift shopping season.
Staff at the Fat Face store in Brentwood who are helping Saint Francis Hospice. From left to right: Danielle Sansum, Julie Liddard, Mandy Coles and Nicola Feeny.