Staff at store dress up in their pyjamas for fundraiser

Luke Ives and Michelle Walsh who work in the Portadown shop
Luke Ives and Michelle Walsh who work in the Portadown shop

The Edinburgh Woollen Mill in Portadown, along with their 10 other stores, dressed up in their pyjamas recently to help raise funds to fight heart disease.

The shop was teaming up with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) Northern Ireland for the Wear it. Beat it initiative.

On the day, they held a bake sale, wore red pyjamas and gave £5 from every red item sold over £20 to BHF. They managed to raise £45, bringing the total over the 11 stores to £504.

Catriona Dornan,store manager, from The Edinburgh Woollen Mill, said “I decided to get our stores involved in Wear it. Beat it, as my uncle tragically passed away two years ago from a massive heart attack and our assistant manager, Jackie Beattie, sadly lost her father after he battled with heart disease. I really wanted our Portadown store to come together to help the charity as much as we could as it’s vital to raise awareness and give help to those who need it.

Gary Wilson, fundraising manager at BHF Northern Ireland, said “A huge thanks to The Edinburgh Woollen Mill in Portadown for their red-themed fundraising efforts.”

It has been fantastic to witness Northern Ireland rallying together and turning red in the fight against heart and circulatory disease. All money raised from Wear it. Beat it. will help us truly make a massive difference to the thousands of local people living in Northern Ireland with these conditions.”