Home Retail Group has reached its first £1m milestone for Macmillan Cancer Support since the launch of its two year partnership in March.
The money will fund 42,814 hours of Macmillan nursing care for people affected by cancer.
Colleagues and customers have reached the total in under eight months, making this one of Macmillan’s fastest growing ‘charity-of-the-year’ partnerships to date.
Stores, head offices and distribution sites hosted a wide range of events to raise the money. These included a sponsored walk of 11 of London’s iconic bridges and, more recently, Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning which raised over £121,000.
Stores also hosted a national collection weekend in which 720 Macmillan volunteers joined store colleagues to raise £86,755 across 264 stores.
Amy Whidburn, head of corporate responsibility at Home Retail Group, commented: “As colleagues voted for Macmillan Cancer Support to be our charitable partner for the next two years, I expected that we would have great levels of enthusiasm to fund-raise, but even I am overwhelmed by how quickly we have reached the £1m raised. We’ve seen a whole range of activities they’ve undertaken, but to fund so many valuable nursing hours which will allow Macmillan to provide the best quality cancer care in local communities is quite incredible.”
As part of Home Retail Group’s charity partnership, colleagues and customers of stores in the Republic of Ireland also raised £45,171 for the Irish Cancer Society, helping to fund 3022 hours of specialist cancer information, advice and support to each visitor to its Daffodil Centres.