17 March 2015
Money boosts Woolverstone Macmillan Centre appeal to new total of £80,000
Local retailer and brewer, Greene King, has today announced it will donate £30,000 towards the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre appeal, bringing the total raised so far to £80,000. The appeal aims to raise £3.7million to fund a brand new cancer treatment centre at Ipswich Hospital, combining the current outpatient chemotherapy and day unit services into one purpose-built centre. The centre will provide a holistic service, in as calm and non-clinical an environment as possible, and is due to open in spring 2016.
Greene King has chosen to donate to the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre appeal because the new service will support people from the local community around its head office and brewing site in Bury St Edmunds, who are undergoing cancer treatment. The donation is part of Greene King’s ongoing charity partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, which has raised over £1.4million since the partnership began in 2012.
Mandy Jordan, fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support thanked Greene King for supporting the local appeal, saying: “Greene King’s donation of £30,000 has enabled our appeal to reach a significant milestone earlier than we ever would have anticipated, and will bring us one step closer to reaching our target and opening this much needed service at Ipswich Hospital. We’re delighted at the huge response we’ve had from our supporters, local businesses such as Greene King, and the general public to help us make the Macmillan Woolverstone Centre a reality and every penny donated will make a real difference. Thank you.”
Rooney Anand, chief executive officer for Greene King said: “It is incredibly important for us to be able to support the funding for the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre, a cancer treatment centre for our local community. We are proud of the tremendous fundraising our pubs, restaurants and hotels across the country have completed for Macmillan over the last three years, but we are really pleased to be able to support such an important appeal so close to our home. We are delighted that our donation will bring the opening of the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre one step closer.”
Greene King has supported Macmillan Cancer Support since April 2012, raising money to help Macmillan ensure that no one faces cancer alone. In addition to donating to the Woolverstone Macmillan Centre Build, three head office employees will take on the London Marathon in aid of Macmillan in April.
For further information please contact:
Andie Hill, Regional Communications & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support on 0207 840 4745 / AHill@macmillan.org.uk
Notes to editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
More than one in three of us will get cancer. For most of us it will be the toughest fight we ever face. And the feelings of isolation and loneliness that so many people experience make it even harder.
But you don’t have to go through it alone. The Macmillan team is with you every step of the way.
We are the nurses and therapists helping you through treatment. The experts on the end of the phone. The advisers telling you which benefits you’re entitled to. The volunteers giving you a hand with the everyday things. The campaigners improving cancer care. The community there for you online, any time. The supporters who make it all possible.
For cancer support every step of the way call Macmillan on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk
About Greene King
· Greene King, the pub retailer and brewer, was founded in 1799 and is headquartered in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk. It currently employs 23,000 people across its main trading divisions: Retail, Pub Partners and Brewing & Brands.
· It operates 1,914 pubs, restaurants and hotels across England, Wales and Scotland, of which 1,032 are retail pubs, restaurants and hotels, and 882 are tenanted, leased and franchised pubs. Its leading retail brands are Hungry Horse, Old English Inns, Eating Inn and Loch Fyne Seafood and Grill.
· Greene King also brews quality ale brands from its Bury St. Edmunds and Dunbar breweries, and is the UK’s leading cask ale brewer and premium ale brewer with brands such as Greene King IPA, Old Speckled Hen, Abbot Ale and Belhaven Best.