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Celebration event held to mark the end of Mars Volunteer Month
1st July 2011

Friday July 1st saw Mars Chocolate celebrate the end of its’ Mars Volunteer Programme (MVP) focus month with an event held at its offices in Slough. In attendance were Mars employees who volunteered during the month, representatives from the organisations that Mars supported and local dignitaries Fiona Mactaggart MP, Ruth Bagley - Chief Executive of Slough Borough Council and the Deputy Mayor - Councillor Christine Small.

The event gave Mars employees a chance to meet recipients of their support and hear about the difference that their time and efforts have made. During the event the attendees heard from:

Dale Creaser, UK Chocolate Supply Chain Director Geraldine Lejeune, East Berkshire Women’s Aid Peter Orr, Policy Development & Projects Mgr

Roy Goswell, Caretaker of Cippenham Primary School also received a special ‘hero’ award for his hard work and support during the month.

During the course of June over 349 Mars employees took part in volunteering, giving over 1,700 hours of time to the community. Mars volunteers supported 17 organisations, helped 6,500 people and packed 500 hampers. Volunteering activities included gardening, painting, reading and delivering skills sessions to pupils and food hamper packing. Mars has a target of getting 50% of all Slough employees volunteering during 2011 and with 31% already having taken part they are on track to exceed their target.

Charities supported during June are:

  • East Berkshire Women’s Aid
  • Eton Wick Primary School
  • The National Trust
  • Cippenham Primary School
  • St. Lukes Primary School
  • Godolphin Junior School
  • Leamington Hibs FC
  • Budbroke Primary School
  • Slough Homeless Our Concern (SHOC)
  • East Berkshire Women’s Aid
  • Kinara Women’s Refuge
  • YMCA
  • Age Concern Westgate
  • School Altwood School
  • Slough & Eton School
  • Newlands School
  • Windsor Girls’ School

Anita Herbert, Project Manager of the MVP Focus month commented: ‘Mars is extremely proud of the work it does in the community. Last year’s focus month was fantastic and the results were amazing. This year has been bigger and better with even more employees volunteering their time and supporting the community.’

The focus month aims to raise awareness of volunteering and the other elements of the Mars in the Community programme which is an integral part of Mars’ business strategy. MVP is one part of this programme, which provides opportunities for employees to reflect the values and principles of Mars, inspiring them to give back to local causes and gain a sense of pride for our business and the communities, which it supports.

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