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M&S team up with Medical Detection Dogs charity

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Published by the Mix96 News Team at 2:13pm 15th June 2017. (Updated at 3:19pm 15th June 2017)

Amersham's Marks & Spencer team have been lending a hand to a Buckinghamshire charity.

As part of their Make It Matter Day (1 June), Marks & Spencer committed to support M&S colleagues in delivering one million hours of community volunteering by 2025, to help make a difference to the projects and initiatives that matter in the communities it serves.

M&S Amersham staff kick-started the volunteering during National Volunteers Week (1-10 June) by taking part in a gardening project for the Medical Detection Dogs charity in their memorial gardens, Great Horwood.

The M&S Amersham Volunteer group, working with a team from the Medical Detection Dogs, the charity that trains dogs to identify human disease by odour, designed the garden so loved ones can have a special place to remember those who have passed away.

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Nationwide, employees in every M&S store joined their colleagues in helping to transform local projects that make a real difference.

In total, over 50,000 colleagues supported more than 500 community projects across the breadth of the UK.

Make it Matter is part of the recently launched M&S campaign '#SpenditWell', which is about inspiring people to make every moment special by focusing on the experiences, people and things that matter in life.

Neil Taylor, Store Manager of M&S Amersham:

"We're really excited to be coming together to support the memorial garden project.

"Volunteering can make a profound difference to the communities in which we live, work and play - we believe that lots of the small actions from lots of people, can collectively have a huge impact. We can't wait to get started."

Francesca Hockham, Fundraising Manager for the Medical Detection Dogs charity:

"The volunteers have cleared the garden area of overgrown shrubs and really opened up the area so it's now light and bright.

"The volunteers working with my team have put a lot of thought into what should go into the garden to make a lovely calming place to visit and spend some time reflecting on their loved ones."

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