Our partnership with Home Retail Group

Home Retail Group, owner of Argos, Homebase and Habitat, has chosen Macmillan to be its charity partner over the next two years. Macmillan's newest corporate partnership comes after a vote by Home Retail Group staff. The partnership aims to raise £3 million by early 2017, with the money raised in the first year funding vital Macmillan nursing hours.

Colleagues and customers across the brands have raised an impressive £1 million in less than eight months, making this one of Macmillan’s fastest growing ‘charity-of-the-year’ partnerships to date.  Following the launch of the partnership in March with a ‘Go Green, Go Macmillan’ fundraiser, stores, head office and depot sites have hosted a wide range of events to boost the fundraising total. These include individual staff challenges like a sponsored walk of 11 of London’s iconic bridges. More recently, participation in Macmillan’s flagship fundraising event World’s Biggest Coffee Morning raised over £121,000, officially taking the partnership past the £1 million fundraising milestone.

Homebase supported a Gold Medal winning Homebase garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which was dedicated to Macmillan. Meanwhile Argos stores also hosted a national collection weekend in July where 720 Macmillan volunteers joined store colleagues to raise £86,755 across 264 stores in one weekend. To find out how you can support future collections at your local store please contact us on 0300 1000 200 or email the fundraising team.

Robert Thomas, General Manager at Argos in Basildon was one of the colleagues who went the extra mile to raise funds. He signed up to take part in the London Triathlon in August as part of an Argos team, despite not being able to swim further than 50 meters. His determination to raise money for Macmillan saw him take swimming lessons and eventually conquer an open water swim of 1.5km, helping his team to raise £10,000 for Macmillan.

Robert says: 'My first experience was filled with mouthfuls of murky water and I was very cold, but after a few more swims for practice I finally conquered the 1.5km distance. The event was truly superb for everyone involved, and it was an honour to be there with so many colleagues who were determined to raise money for Macmillan. I’m already thinking about what challenge I can take on next as we want to keep raising money for such a worthy cause.'

Home Retail Group and Macmillan Cancer Support are working together to improve access to vital Macmillan nursing hours for everyone affected by cancer.