UK: Argos raised £2million in two years on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support

UK: Argos raised £2million in two years on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support

Argos has raised an incredible £2million in two years on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support, thanks to the dedication and support of its colleagues and customers across the UK

London, 2017-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — This amount will fund vital Macmillan nursing care at a local level, and equates to paying for 38 Macmillan nurses across the country to help those living with cancer for one year.

With the number of people living with cancer in the UK rising to 4 million by 2030, funding Macmillan nursing care is crucial. Macmillan nurses provide emotional, financial, medical and practical support which is a life line for many people living with cancer and their families.

With many at Argos holding the cause close to their hearts, Macmillan won the vote to become the retailer’s charity partner in 2015. Since then, colleagues and customers have thrown themselves head first into fundraising and volunteering – raising smiles as well as money along the way.

Always keen to don an adventurous fancy dress outfit, colleagues have dressed up and donated for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas. Many team members have even been brave enough to shave their heads for charity as well as taking on gruelling challenges like Tough Mudder, marathons and cycling events.

And over 400 Argos colleagues, including Chief Executive Officer John Rogers and members of the senior Argos team, are limbering up to take on the 26 mile-long ‘Mighty Hike’ challenges happening in scenic spots across the UK this summer.

In addition to ongoing activity, team Argos raised over £70,000 during its last ‘national collection’ in January 2017, which saw colleagues unite to raise funds in-store for Macmillan on the day of the new season’s range launch. They also raised over £50,000 during the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in September last year.

John Rogers, CEO at Sainsbury’s Argos, said: “We’re so proud of the way that our colleagues and customers have come together over the past two years to raise such significant funds for Macmillan. It is a fantastic cause, close to the hearts of many of us at Argos, and raising £2million simply wouldn’t have been possible without the unstoppable enthusiasm that we have seen along the way.

“But it doesn’t stop here – we look forward to building on these efforts even further this year and are honoured to be able to make such a difference to people living with cancer across the UK.”

Natasha Parker, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Macmillan Cancer Support said, “We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Argos colleagues and customers for their continued support and dedication. This incredible amount will make a real difference for many people living with cancer and their families who will benefit from the essential support Macmillan nurses provide. In so many cases, Macmillan nurses ensure that ‘life with cancer’, can still be a life. We really can’t thank you enough.”

SOURCE: Sainsbury’s

Contact:

press_office@sainsburys.co.uk
020 7695 7295

Argos stores in Scotland raised £20,727 during December fundraising drive for Macmillan Cancer Support

Milton Keynes, UK, 2017-Jan-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sixty-eight Argos stores in Scotland who took part in a Macmillan Cancer Support fundraising drive during December have raised over twenty thousand pounds (£20,727), which is enough to fund 740 hours of Macmillan nursing care.

Each Scottish Argos store team organised its own individual activities to encourage customers to get involved. These ranged from charity raffles and sponsored silences, to bake sales, Christmas jumper days and even a few painful sponsored leg waxes.

Laura Lamont, store manager for Glasgow Parkhead, who helped organise the activity in West Scotland said:  “In the spirit of community in the area, we came up with an idea to pull everyone together in the busiest month of the year to give something back.

“Stores were targeted with raising £20,000 for Macmillan – what they did was up to them but the idea was about dedicating time in store to fundraising and have some fun doing it! My guys loved it, my customers loved it and more importantly we raised money for a great cause doing it.”

Some of the stores ran a ‘guess the age’ competition for a metre-tall Chad Valley giant teddy bear with the winner getting an extra cuddly Christmas present to take home.

Perhaps the toughest fundraising activity was an ice bucket challenge which saw eighteen buckets of freezing cold water thrown at the Argos store team members on a chilly December morning.

Sheena Newport, store manager for Bathgate, who helped organise the activity in East Scotland said:  “MacMillan holds a special place in our hearts especially when you look at all of the hard work, care and respite that they offer to those that are suffering and their families too.

“With this in mind we were determined to do something different and really push the boat out over the festive period for a very deserving cause.  Every store in Scotland reached out to their local communities at the busiest time of the year and we cannot thank them enough! Everyone was amazing!”

Catriona Munn, Senior Partnership Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, added:  “Here at Macmillan we are so grateful for all the support we’ve received from Argos colleagues and their customers since partnering in 2015. We want to say a huge thank you to everyone in the Scottish Argos stores for their enthusiasm and for raising this fantastic amount, which will help fund vital nursing hours for people living with cancer.”

Since voting to support Macmillan as their UK charity partner in 2015, Argos colleagues and customers across the UK have raised £1.5 million, funding over 53,000 hours of Macmillan nursing care.

Notes to Editors:

About Sainsbury’s Argos

Sainsbury’s Argos is a leading UK digital retailer and sells more than 60,000 products under the Argos and Habitat brands. It sells through www.argos.co.uk, www.habitat.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, its 845 stores and over the telephone. Argos Digital Stores and Mini Habitats can also be found in Sainsbury’s supermarkets.

Argos is the UK’s largest high street retailer online and the second most visited website, with nearly a billion website visits a year. More than half of the company’s sales originate online and around 120 million customer transactions take place in its stores each year. Argos offers customers market leading delivery and collection services, including Check & Reserve, Fast Track Delivery and Fast Track Collection which make customers’ lives easier, every day.

Sainsbury’s Argos is part of J Sainsbury plc, a leading retailer of food, clothing and general merchandise and owner of Sainsbury’s Bank. Sainsbury’s commitment to helping customers live well for less has been at the heart of what the company does since 1869. J Sainsbury plc employs 195,000 colleagues across the UK and Ireland whose strong culture and values are integral to driving its success – now and in the future. Our vision is to be the most trusted retailer where people love to work and shop.

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 the Macmillan Cancer Support & Argos partnership

Cancer is often the toughest fight many people will face. Argos 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.

Since voting to support Macmillan as their UK charity partner in 2015, Argos colleagues and customers have raised £1.5 million, funding over 53,000 hours of vital Macmillan nursing care to help Macmillan ensure that no one faces cancer alone.

Contact:
Argos Press Office
0845 120 4365
email: media.relations@argos.co.uk
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Source: Argos

Argos launches its exclusive The sunshine-themed pendant for Macmillan Cancer Support

Milton Keynes, UK, 2016-Jul-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Let your light shine this Christmas as Argos launches its exclusive pendant for Macmillan Cancer Support.

The sunshine-themed pendant is available in Argos stores and online from 16 July retailing at £27.99. Of this, £5 from every sale will be going to Macmillan to fund vital hours of nursing care, helping to ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.

The pendant will add a little sparkle to anyone’s Christmas and features an uplifting message, making it a perfect gift for your loved ones.

Stephanie Wilkes, Jewellery Buyer at Argos, said: “This gorgeous pendant is the perfect way to light up the lives of your loved ones this Christmas, and with £5 from each sale going straight to Macmillan, you’ll be helping to pay for vital hours of care from Macmillan nurses.

“We’re so proud to be supporting Macmillan, and hope the sales of these pendants will help make a real difference to the lives of those affected by cancer.”

Alix Wooding, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Macmillan Cancer Support, added: “Christmas can be a difficult time of year for many, especially those who have lost loved ones, and we know that lots of people feel lonely as festivities go on around them. The money Argos customers will raise with every pendant sold goes towards funding vital care and support from Macmillan nurses, helping people affected by cancer to feel less alone. I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who puts this pendant on their Christmas list, with your support Macmillan can make a real difference.”

Since voting to support Macmillan as their UK charity partner last year, Argos colleagues and customers have raised £1.2 million, funding over 44,000 hours of vital Macmillan nursing care to help Macmillan ensure that no one faces cancer alone.

To buy a pendant for your loved one visit your local Argos store, or buy online at www.argos.co.uk

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 Argos
Argos is a leading UK digital retailer, offering around 60,000 products through www.argos.co.uk, its growing mobile channels, stores and over the telephone.

Argos continues to be the UK’s largest high street retailer online with around 120 M customer transactions a year through its stores and over 975 million website and app visits in the 12 months to February 2016.  Customers can take advantage of Argos’ convenient Check & Reserve service available through its network of 842 stores and concessions across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

In the financial year to February 2016, Argos sales were £4.1 billion and it employed c.30,000 people across the business.

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

For high res imagery or further information, please contact:

Laura Williams
Assistant Media & PR Officer
Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 3583 (out of hours 07801 307068)
LaWilliams@macmillan.org.uk

The Argos Press Office
0845 120 4365
email: media.relations@argos.co.uk

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Argos launches its exclusive The sunshine-themed pendant for Macmillan Cancer Support
Argos launches its exclusive The sunshine-themed pendant for Macmillan Cancer Support

Source: Argos

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:

For more information, please contact the Homebase Press Office on 0845 120 4365 or email media.relations@homebase.co.uk .

Follow us @Homebase_PR.

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