19 January 2016
The generosity of Marks & Spencer’s customers and employees has seen the retailer raise more than £2 million for Macmillan Cancer Support in 2015 alone.
£1.6 million of this came from the M&S’ involvement in Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, an event M&S has supported as headline partner for the last six years.
World’s Biggest Coffee Morning took place on Friday 25 September, with thousands of M&S employees across hundreds of stores supporting the campaign throughout September. M&S’ Food business led the fundraising efforts this year, with ways to support Macmillan available to customers across M&S Cafés and Food Halls.
But the fundraising didn’t stop there; M&S backed the partnership through a number of other initiatives, and raised the remaining £400,000 through a range of employee fundraising, promotions and events, including a fundraising ball. The £2 million raised is a record high for the partnership, and is almost £700,000 more than M&S raised for the charity in 2014.M&S is continuing to support Macmillan through both its charity Christmas cards and the new ‘Sparks’ loyalty card. Macmillan is one of nine charities that are supported by ‘Sparks’, with a penny from every transaction going to customers’ chosen charity. Finally, Macmillan is also a recipient of proceeds coming from carrier bag sales in store.
Steve Kemp, head of Food Retail at M&S, said: “Each year we are astounded by the efforts of our wonderful teams and customers in getting behind our partnership with Macmillan, and this year our expectations have been exceeded yet again! £2 million is an absolutely fantastic amount to have raised, and we are proud to support the incredible work Macmillan does. More than one in three of us will get cancer in our lifetime and it’s the toughest fight most of us will ever face. It is a vital issue, and that’s why our partnership with Macmillan is so important.”
Macmillan’s Director of High Value Fundraising, Claire Singlehurst, said: “We are delighted that M&S has raised £2 million for Macmillan in 2015. This is a remarkable achievement and I would like to personally thank all of the generous M&S colleagues and customers who made this possible. Every penny raised will help fund more vital Macmillan professional posts in communities across the UK, to help ensure that no one has to face cancer alone.”
From nurses to dieticians, psychologists to doctors, Macmillan professionals are specialist healthcare professionals who are there for people affected by cancer, right from the moment they’re diagnosed, through their treatment and beyond.
The Macmillan and M&S Partnership has been shortlisted for a Retail Week Award 2016, for Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year. Results will be announced in March.
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For further information, please contact:
Sarah Summerfield– Senior PR and Media Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
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 Marks & Spencer
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