GLENDA Davies from Llanelli is celebrating winning the Commitment to the Community Award at the 19th annual Pride of M&S Awards, which took place on Thursday (Oct 4).
The national awards recognise individuals that go above and beyond, whether that’s by raising funds for a local charity, volunteering time in the community or making a real impact to customers and colleagues.
The 11 categories this year included awards for diversity and inclusion, sustainability, commitment to the community and wellbeing, with each winner welcomed to the stage to be awarded a £100 gift card and a £1,000 donation from M&S to a charity of their choice.
This year’s awards encapsulated the theme of ‘making M&S special through the years’ with a nod to M&S’s newest charity partner the RAF 100 Appeal. Britain’s Got Talent finalists The D-Day Darlings, made a guest appearance at the black-tie ceremony, treating attendees to a nostalgic rendition of some wartime classics.
The performance starred Nicola Roberts, who works as a Customer Advisor at M&S Brotherhood Peterborough alongside singing with the band.
Sales adviser Glenda has worked at M&S Llanelli Parc Trostre for over 40 years and won the award for her commitment to supporting organisations in the community. She volunteers at women’s refuge Wallich House, organises events for a local hospice, and supports the local social services to create over 300 parcels to ensure children in the area have a Christmas present to enjoy.
Glenda said: “I am extremely humbled to have won this award. My volunteering began many years ago when a neighbour couldn’t afford Christmas gifts for their family, and it’s grown year on year. Giving back to the community is something I’ve always been incredibly passionate about.”
Mike Barry, M&S Plan A Director, said: “The Pride of M&S Awards are a fantastic way for us to recognise some very special colleagues who really go above and beyond to help each other and those in their local communities. We’re very proud of Glenda and her fellow winners who are all a credit to M&S. It was great to hear all their inspiring stories during our celebratory evening.
“It was also a real treat to be joined by The D-Day Darlings on the night, they really brought our theme to life and evoked a true sense of wartime spirit with their performance.”