10 April 2014
Coral staff and customers are celebrating today after successfully raising over £750,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support – a staggering £250,000 over the initial fundraising target.
The Macmillan and Coral partnership, which comes to an end this month, started in January 2012 and was Coral’s first ever dedicated Charity of The Year partnership.
The partnership saw Coral providing cancer information within its stores and to its employees, helping Macmillan to reach even more people affected by cancer – and in particular, men, who are less likely to actively seek cancer support and information.
Staff in each of the 1700+ Coral stores and Head Office also supported the partnership with sustained employee fundraising, participation in Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning and dedicated cancer awareness campaigns.
Lynda Thomas, Director of Fundraising at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
'Although we’re sad to say goodbye to such a wonderful partner, we’re thrilled at just how much we’ve achieved with Coral over the last two years. From employee and customer fundraising to reaching out to the 1 in 2 people affected by cancer in the UK, our partnership has gone a long way towards helping us make sure that no one has to face cancer alone.'
Andy Hornby, CEO of Coral, said: 'Our partnership with Macmillan was initially selected to align our vision to help a charity close to all our hearts so it’s been great to see the partnership go from strength to strength and raise over £750,000 for people affected by cancer. It has been an honour to work alongside such a fantastic charity for the last two years, and we look forward to working with Macmillan again in the future.'
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For further information, please contact:
Sarah Summerfield – Senior Communications Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 7811 /
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
Coral is part of Gala Coral Group, one of Europe’s largest integrated betting and gaming groups. Coral operates over 1,800 retail betting shops across the UK, an online and mobile business via coral.co.uk, a telebet call centre, and two leading greyhound stadia.
Coral is delighted to be engaged in an ongoing fundraising and awareness partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support that has so far raised more than £550,000 for this most worthwhile of causes.