Nisa’s Making A Difference Locally (MADL) charity has named a Nisa retailer, TYS Retail, as community champions for February after raising £727 for Mind’s Time To Talk Day initiative, which has now doubled to £1,554 through the MADL charity fund.
The convenience retailer, which owns seven Nisa stores across the UK, collaborated with mental health awareness charity Mind for the event and has supported local charities and community groups over the last two years.
TYS Retail displayed posters and staff spoke with customers to raise awareness about Time To Talk Day, to increase the donations received. Advertorial posters, collection buckets and MADL t-shirts were also made available to all participating retailers by Nisa.
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Leon Swanwick, who works in Nisa Fletton in Peterborough – one of the stores owned by TYS Retail – helped to organise the day’s events in the store, which raised £142 and was doubled to £285.
“Our most successful store on the day was the Nisa Local in Stamford, they raised £257 which was doubled by Nisa. They had quite a few activities, including a raffle for a hamper which helped to drive donations,” Leon Swanwick said.
He added that mental health awareness is especially important to him and is a cause he believes needs more recognition and support: “Members of the Nisa team supported us very well, they provided extra collection buckets for each store and a link to all the posters for MIND which were displayed in all of our stores.”
Head of Charity at Nisa, Kate Carroll said: “Our retailers consistently help us to support important causes and charities. Time for Talk Day really showcased how much retailers do to support their local communities.
“We know that our retailers are important to their communities, and it is wonderful to see that they continue to work closely with MADL to fundraise for crucial causes.”
Caroll added: “The achievements throughout Time for Talk Day really showcases the hard work of our retailers and the important roles they play in their local communities.”
The news comes as Greens Retail expands into England as it goes national, after signing a five-year deal with Nisa this week worth up to £200 million.