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Worcester’s MP, Robin Walker, took a break from a busy Friday running around the city in order to drop in and offer his congratulations to one of his favourite Worcester shops, the Entertainer in Crowngate.

The shop was celebrating the first anniversary of its participation in Geared for Giving, a scheme through which staff members are able to set aside a proportion of their salaries in order to support charities.

Robin is a regular customer of the Entertainer, having five nephews and nieces for whom he buys Christmas and birthday presents there, so he was particularly pleased when he heard that this shop was supporting the scheme.

He joined staff, including Natasha Jones, Conrad Allen and Tom Brushwood (pictured above), to cut a cake that has been entered in a competition for the best entries across the Geared for Giving scheme.

Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, has said about the Geared for Giving scheme:

“I'm thrilled that 1 million more people have access to the scheme, but why stop there? Nine million employees still don't use Workplace Giving, so I'd like to encourage even more people to sign up - let's transform giving in the work place.”

Gary Grant, managing director of the Entertainer, said:

“The concept of Workplace Giving has been embraced by our Management and Staff and fits well with our Company Ethos of supporting communities and those in life who are less fortunate than ourselves.  Workplace Giving is both time and tax efficient, we have had tremendous support from Geared for Giving.”

Robin said:

“This is a very impressive scheme to encourage more charitable giving, taken up by companies as diverse as Barclays bank, Boots the chemist, the travel agents Expedia and Worcester’s very own Entertainer toy shop. The staff there should be very proud of their generous contributions, which are making a real difference to so many charities.  For instance, nearly £600,000 will be donated to the British Red Cross this year from the funds Geared for Giving attracts, plus millions more for other charities.

“I wish the Entertainer all the very best in the cake competition and I hope their involvement in the scheme goes from strength to strength.”





Notes for editors:

·         Geared for Giving is all about giving to good causes in the workplace, with funds coming direct from employees’ salaries, tax-free

·         More than 750,000 employees across the country are already involved in the scheme

·         Further information on the Geared for Giving scheme can be found at

·         For all other information, contact Geared for Giving at 020 8731 5871

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