Lisa Donini from Lincoln is celebrating winning the Town Centre Engagement Award at the 19th annual Pride of M&S Awards, which took place last Thursday.
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.
Store Manager, Lisa Donini, who has worked for M&S Lincoln for 33 years, won the award for re-educating the community on homelessness and the different ways that people can offer their support to the people that need it most.
Lisa, said: “It is a privilege to be recognised for the work I do in the local community. The pleasure I get in my job comes from supporting the real issues that we face as a community, this allows me to make a real difference to people’s lives. I want to thank everyone that has supported me on this journey.”
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 Lisa 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.”