Marks & Spencer’s Plan A Ambassador Joanna Lumley hosted her very own Macmillan Coffee Morning

LONDON, 2016-Sep-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (14 Sep 2016) Marks & Spencer’s Plan A Ambassador Joanna Lumley hosted her very own Macmillan Coffee Morning at M&S High Street Kensington, as part of the company’s headline sponsorship of Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning. The extra special coffee morning kick started a season of coffee mornings which will be happening all over the country including thousands taking place on the official World’s Biggest Coffee Morning – Friday 30th September.

Joanna was joined by Sarah Hodge, a Macmillan Professional Occupational Therapist, Macmillan CEO Lynda Thomas and M&S Sparks members to enjoy coffee and cake. The group heard from Sarah on the importance of the partnership, which funds Macmillan professionals, before tucking into the very best of M&S’s sweet treats.

This is the seventh year that M&S has supported World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and during this time it has raised over £6 million for Macmillan. This year it is hoping to raise even more than last year’s total of over £2 million, through coffee mornings such as Joanna’s and through donating 10% from the sales of classic cakes and a selection of biscuits, cupcakes and cookie mixes sold throughout September.  M&S Cafés will also be donating 5p from every coffee and cake sold through the month – the perfect excuse for popping into your local store for a treat

Joanna Lumley, Plan A Ambassador said: “There are currently 2.5 million people living with cancer and by 2020 almost one in two people will get cancer at some point in their lives. It’s the reason that the work of Macmillan professionals like Sarah is so critically important and why I’m proud to work with M&S on this incredible partnership. I urge everyone to get involved, pop into M&S for a coffee & cake this month and Spark Something Good.”

Sarah Hodge, an Occupational Therapist for Macmillan Cancer Support said: “At Macmillan we believe no one should face cancer alone. Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning encourages people to get together with family, friends or colleagues over coffee and cake, to raise money for people affected by cancer. It’s been great this morning to come together with Joanna and M&S customers to celebrate the huge difference that can be made through this partnership.”

For more information on World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and to get your free coffee morning kit visit www.coffee.macmillan.org.uk or text SEPT to 70550.

To learn more about Macmillan’s partnership with M&S, visit http://coffee.macmillan.org.uk/about/sponsors.

Notes to Editors:

About Macmillan Cancer Support 
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.  That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will. To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9 am–8 pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk

About Spark Something Good 
Spark Something Good is M&S’ way of helping customers and colleagues make a real difference. Whether it’s getting involved in the community through Charity of the Year activity, Shopping old clothes or helping M&S’s efforts to beat cancer (with Breast Cancer Now and Macmillan). It encourages customers to join in and Spark Something Good. It is an important element of M&S’s Plan A programme – its sustainable business plan which focuses on protecting the planet through sourcing responsibly, reducing waste and helping communities.

For further information and images, please contact: 
Marks & Spencer
Daniel Himsworth
Marks & Spencer Press Office
07827 858655
daniel.himsworth@marks-and-spencer.com

Macmillan Cancer Support:
Janelle Butterfield
Macmillan Cancer Support
07779434813
JButterfield@macmillan.org.uk

Source: Marks & Spencer

Homebase and Harkness Roses launched brand new variety of rose in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-5-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Leading garden center retailer Homebase and Harkness Roses were joined by Macmillan ambassador and classical crossover singer Camilla Kerslake, to launch a brand new variety of rose in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The ‘I Am Macmillan’ rose will be available to buy online from September 2015 and in Homebase stores from April 2016.  £1 from every sale will be donated towards funding hours of care from Macmillan nurses, to support people affected by cancer, and their families and loved ones too.

Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “It’s a great honour to have a completely new variety of rose dedicated to funding the wonderful support provided by Macmillan nurses. We are absolutely thrilled our partners Homebase and one of the UK’s leading rose growers are helping us in our mission to make sure no one faces cancer alone.”

This year, also in aid of the charity, Homebase has introduced the ‘Helping Hands’ Patio Rose to its 2015 Chelsea Collection; a selection of plants and flowers that allow customers to take home their own little bit of the Homebase Urban Retreat Garden.

Jane Templar, Buying Manager Garden Plants at Homebase, said: “The ‘Helping Hands’ Patio Rose is slightly scented with beautiful, small delicate creamy peach blooms which flower from early June to the first frosts. It was bred and grown in the UK, benefits from great disease resistance and is a hardy plant which flowers year after year.”

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Note to Editors:

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For more information about Homebase’ partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, please contact Melissa Shelley, PR Officer at Macmillan Cancer Support on: 0207 091 2319 / mshelley@macmillan.org.uk

The ‘Helping Hands’ Patio Rose

The ‘Helping Hands’ Patio Rose, is ideal for pots or borders and is slightly scented- perfect for enjoying in your own garden space. The rose is available to buy online and in store.

The ‘I am Macmillan’ Rose

The ‘I am Macmillan’ Rose is a Floribunda rose with a 5/10 scent rating. Bred exclusively for Homebase by Harkness, the rose will be available online from September 2015 and in store from April 2016.

About Homebase
Homebase is a leading home enhancement retailer with around 58 million transactions a year, selling around 38,000 products for the home and garden. It has 296 large, out-of-town stores throughout the UK and Republic of Ireland and a growing internet offering at www.homebase.co.uk. In the financial year to February 2015, Homebase sales were £1.5 billion and it employed some 17,000 people across the business.

Homebase is part of Home Retail Group, the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer.

About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.

That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.

To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk

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Homebase and Harkness Roses launched brand new variety of rose in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

Macmillan Cancer Support announces new partnership with Home Retail Group to raise £3M by March 2017 through fundraising activities and events

Partnership aims to raise £3million for people affected by cancer over two years

Milton Keynes, UK, 2015-3-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macmillan Cancer Support has today announced a brand new partnership with the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer, Home Retail Group, owner of Argos, Homebase and Habitat. The partnership will engage Home Retail Group colleagues and customers across the UK through a range of fundraising activities and events aiming to raise a total of £3million for Macmillan by March 2017.

Macmillan was selected by Home Retail Group colleagues to be their new UK charity partner following a staff vote, with the money raised in the first year of partnership funding vital hours of Macmillan nursing care. The partnership has launched today [Friday 27 March] with a ‘Go Mad Go Green’ fundraising day in offices and branches of Argos, Homebase and Habitat across the country.

Further plans include support of Macmillan’s national fundraising events Night In and World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, as well as bespoke fundraising activity linked to key trading periods for the business such as the Argos Catalogue Launch. Homebase will also involve Macmillan in the launch of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden in May this year as part of the partnership.

Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support says: “We are all absolutely delighted to be launching a new partnership with Home Retail Group today. Our year one fundraising target of £1.5million could pay for over 55,500 Macmillan nursing hours, enabling us to provide a phenomenal amount of dedicated and specialised cancer care. The opportunity presented by our new partnership with Home Retail Group to raise £3million to help the 2.5million people living with cancer in the UK today is one I know will make a great deal of difference to Macmillan’s ambition which is to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.”

Amy Whidburn, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Home Retail Group says: “I’m thrilled that Home Retail Group colleagues have voted Macmillan Cancer Support 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 Macmillan nursing hours and to make a real difference to Macmillan’s ambition to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone. I look forward to getting involved and supporting the business and our 47,000 colleagues over the next two years to help us reach our ambitious target for Macmillan.”

To complement the ambitious fundraising programme, Macmillan will also utilise Home Retail Group internal and customer facing communications channels, with a particular focus on the growing number of Argos digital stores, to share vital cancer awareness messages and to signpost those in Argos, Homebase or Habitat stores to Macmillan support services.

Colleagues and stores in the Republic of Ireland will raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

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For more information please contact:

Melissa Shelley, PR Officer at Macmillan Cancer Support on: 0207 091 2319 / mshelley@macmillan.org.uk

Judith Ineson at Home Retail Group on 0845 120 4365/ media.relations@homeretailgroup.com

Notes to editors

About Macmillan Cancer Support

When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.

That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.

To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk

About Home Retail Group

Home Retail Group is the UK’s leading home and general merchandise retailer with sales of around £5.7 billion in the financial year to February 2014. We sell products under three distinct and complementary retail brands – Argos, Homebase and Habitat. The Group employs some 47,000 people across the business. For more information visit www.homeretailgroup.com

About the Macmillan Cancer Support & Home Retail Group partnership

Cancer is often the toughest fight many people will face. Home Retail Group and Macmillan Cancer Support are working together to improve access to vital Macmillan nursing hours for everyone affected by cancer, to help ensure that no one faces cancer alone.

The partnership will engage Home Retail Group colleagues and customers across the UK through a range of fundraising activities and events aiming to raise a total of £3million for Macmillan by March 2017.

Through this partnership, Home Retail Group colleagues and customers will enable Macmillan to deliver the best quality and experience of cancer care, from the point of diagnosis.

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Macmillan Cancer Support announces new partnership with Home Retail Group to raise £3M by March 2017 through fundraising activities and events

Macmillan Cancer Support announces new partnership with Home Retail Group to raise £3M by March 2017 through fundraising activities and events