The Irish Cancer Society and Home Retail Group partner to raise €150,000 by March 2017 for Daffodil Centre Nurses and Daffodil Centres throughout Ireland

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-3-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Irish Cancer Society has today announced a brand new partnership with the Ireland’s leading home and general merchandise retailer, Home Retail Group, owner of Argos, Homebase and Habitat. The partnership will engage 1,600 Home Retail Group colleagues and customers across Ireland through a range of fundraising activities and events aiming to raise a total of €150,000 by March 2017.

The Irish Cancer Society was selected by Home Retail Group colleagues to be their new Irish charity partner following a staff vote, with the money raised funding the Irish Cancer Society’s Daffodil Centre Nurses and Daffodil Centres throughout Ireland.

The partnership will officially launch in all branches of Argos and Homebase across the country with Daffodil Day on March 27th. Further plans include support of the Irish Cancer Society’s national fundraising events such as the Colour Dash Run, Paint it Pink, Movember, as well as bespoke fundraising activity linked to key trading periods for the business such as the Argos Catalogue Launch.

John McCormack, Chief Executive Officer, Irish Cancer Society says: “We are delighted that Home Retail Group will be supporting and raising money for the Irish Cancer Society and, in particular, our Daffodil Centre Nurses and Daffodil Centres. Daffodil Centres bring cancer information, support and advice to the point of diagnosis and care – the hospital. This is a service not just for the patient, it is for their families and friends and anyone else with a concern or question about cancer. This new partnership with Home Retail Group will enable Daffodil Centre Nurses continue to deliver the care and support to those affected by cancer and help us open additional Daffodil Centres to reach and support even more people in Ireland.”

Andy McClelland, Operations Manager for Argos Ireland says: “I’m thrilled that Argos colleagues in Ireland have voted the Irish Cancer Society as our charity of choice over the next two years. Cancer affects so many people so we are determined to raise a substantial amount of money to fund Daffodil Centres and Daffodil Centre Nurses throughout Ireland and to make a real difference to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone. “

Marcus Mallon, Operations Manager for Homebase Ireland says: “This is a great partnership for us to be involved with and I look forward to getting involved and supporting the business and our combined 1,600 colleagues over the next two years to help us reach our ambitious target for the Irish Cancer Society.”

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For more information please contact:Donna Parsons, Communications Officer, Irish Cancer Society
T: 01 2310 573 E: dparsons@irishcancer.ie

Aoife Sweeney, PR & Media Relations Manager, Argos Republic of Ireland
M: 087 6670534 E: aoife.sweeney@argos.co.uk

Note to Editor:

About Irish Cancer Society
The Irish Cancer Society is Ireland’s national cancer charity. Established in 1963, the Irish Cancer Society provides information, support and care to those with, and affected by, cancer all over Ireland. Our services are professional, confidential and free of charge. We are almost entirely funded through the generosity of the public and receive less than 5% government funding.

About Home Retail Group
Home Retail Group plc, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer, was launched in 2006 and comprises three of the UK’s most recognisable retail brands; Argos, Homebase and Habitat.

Our retail brands have more than 100 years of market heritage between them and are well-known and respected brands within the Republic of Ireland and UK. Argos is Ireland’s leading multi-channel retailer and Homebase is a leading home-enhancement retailer. Our exclusive Habitat brand gives our customers greater choice with premium quality and contemporary styling, as well as some best-selling iconic designs. Our Financial Services business makes it easy for our customers to buy the products they want.

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