Parachuting Paul and his team reach new heights for charity as Stevenage store staff raise more than £14,000

Staff at Matalan in Hitchin have raised £14,500 in a year for the NSCC. They are being congratulated

Staff at Matalan in Hitchin have raised £14,500 in a year for the NSCC. They are being congratulated on their achievement by Mayor of Stevenage Howard Burrell, Also pictured are NSPCC representatives Alex Lang and Norma and Martin Alcock - Credit: Archant

Stevenage’s mayor has presented Matalan staff with a certificate of appreciation after a year-long fundraising effort for a child protection charity.

Councillor Howard Burrell visited the retailer’s Stevenage town centre store to hand over the certificate on behalf of the NSPCC after staff raised £14,500.

Fundraising activities included a fancy dress day, tombola, and a parachute jump completed by the manager Paul Miller and deputy manager Lesley Barden.

Manager Paul said: “All staff got involved and reaction from customers has been excellent, we had a really good year taking part and raising money.

“Meeting the mayor was a great experience – it was a really good day for the store. We have the certificate up in the staff room.”

The store has set its sights on reaching £16,000 next year.