A POPULAR beauty and bath product shop in the city held a special fundraising event for an animal charity.
The Body Shop in East Street opened its doors from 5.30pm on Wednesday afternoon and welcomed plenty of visitors browsing the shelves.
The idea came from the shop’s assistant manager, Lucia Cook who lives in Waterlooville and wanted to help a local charity.
She said:”I used to work in the Brighton store and I wanted to do a volunteer day at the RSPCA branch there but it didn’t happen.
“I wanted to do something to profit another company and help a charity. I love animals and the Body Shop has ethics such as ‘Forever Against Animal Testing’ and we are 60 per cent vegan and 40 per cent vegetarian.
“This event benefits us and Mount Noddy. I looked at places locally that are in need of help. My colleague Deb recommended Mount Noddy and I looked at their website and saw they needed donations.
“I work with such a big brand I wanted to run an event and get as much involvement as I could from the local community.
“A lot of the raffle prizes have been donated by local businesses and people.
“I am shocked at the turnout, I’m really pleased with how many people are here.
“We had a little hiccup before when our helper with the food dropped out at the last minute, so we went to M&S and got as much vegetarian food as we could. Anything to make sure it still went ahead.”
The fun evening included pampering with various treatments, sampling the Body Shop products, a raffle with hundreds of prizes donated from companies including; Sweaty Betty, Montezuma’s and The Coffee Lab and games including guess Pixie the dog’s weight.
Pixie was a dog taken in by Mount Noddy and rescued by business and income generations manager, Clare Palmer.
The event also offered goodie bags and a free gift for every £15 sale.
RSPCA Sussex Chichester and District branch, Mount Noddy, is self-funded and relies on the generosity of those living in the Post area.
Clare said: “Lucia at The Body shop in Chichester had approached me wanting to run this event for us, to help raise awareness and funds for the animal centre.
“They organised the tickets, posters and gathered donated raffle prizes from many local businesses such as Bills, Montezuma’s, and Hotel Chocolate.
“Over 30 people came along to be pampered for the evening and enjoy the raffle.
“They help us to reach out to different groups of people in the local area, to offer not only volunteering opportunities but to shout about the work we do and spread the word about animal welfare, rescue and adoption.
“Thank you to the amazing efforts of the Body Shop Chichester team and we hope to work with them again in the future.”