SOLD workshop in Lowestoft boosted by town’s M&S store

On the left sitting down in the workshop is David McDonald a member of S.O.L.D.Behind Da

On the left sitting down in the workshop is David McDonald a member of S.O.L.D.Behind David in red is Matthew Parker the Manager.In front of the cheque is Ellie Duffin and Mark Leftley of M and S.On the right is Malcolm Berridge Chairman.picture: S.O.L.D - Credit: Archant

A Lowestoft workshop has benefited from fund-raising after being chosen as the local charity of the year by a leading store.

The SOLD workshop. Picture: MATTHEW PARKER

The SOLD workshop. Picture: MATTHEW PARKER - Credit: Archant

The manager of the Lowestoft M&S store, Mark Leftley, along with the finance and operations manager, Ellie Duffin, visited the Jonathan Day Centre at Harvest Drive on the South Lowestoft Industrial Estate last month.

Here they saw the work which is carried out at Special Objectives for the Local Disabled (SOLD) – the workshop for the disabled, where members make many and various products for sale, including garden items and craft articles.

These are sold helping to make a contribution to the costs of the workshop and importantly to raise the self esteem and confidence of members.

With staff at the M&S store choosing SOLD to be their local charity of the year, and from a number of fund-raising events organised by the staff, Mark and Ellie presented Malcolm Berridge – the chairman of the trustees – with a cheque for £1,614, which will go towards the cost of some new tools for the workshop.

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Mr Berridge expressed on behalf of the members and the trustees of the centre, appreciation for the generosity and support of the staff at the store, and Mr Leftley said: 'We at M&S are proud to support the local communities where we trade.'

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