22 May 2017
Raising dough! PizzaExpress raises half a million for Macmillan in first year of charity partnership
PizzaExpress today announces that its customers and team members have raised more than £500,000 for its charity partner Macmillan Cancer Support, in just one year. This brings the restaurant chain one step closer to its £2million target, which will help provide vital support for the growing number of people living with cancer in the UK.
Since the partnership began in March last year, a discretionary 25p from every Padana pizza sold has been donated to Macmillan, helping the charity to fund crucial emotional, practical, medical and financial support.
Staff members and customers from the chain’s 470 restaurants have gone above and beyond, travelling far and wide to raise dough for the good cause. The adventurous bunch have trekked Hadrian’s Wall, run the Virgin London Marathon and even crossed Costa Rica on foot.
The partnership launch took some topping - an art installation was made entirely out of pizza ingredients which signified the support that Macmillan provides people living with cancer. A video of the nine-hour creation process can be viewed here.
Most recently, ahead of the Virgin Money London Marathon, PizzaExpress held a ‘Pizza Party’ for Macmillan runners at their London Wall restaurant. Over 100 pizzas were eaten on the day, helping runners to stock up on carbs before the epic race.
Richard Hodgson, CEO at PizzaExpress said: “We are thrilled to have raised more than £500,000 in just one year for such a fantastic cause, through the unparalleled enthusiasm of our brilliant customers and team members. From here, I would like to see the partnership go from strength to strength, and for us to reach and even surpass our £2million target in three years’ time.”
Natasha Parker, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Macmillan Cancer Support said, “We want to say a massive thank you to the staff at PizzaExpress and their customers for raising such an incredible amount for Macmillan. This fantastic support from PizzaExpress is more crucial now than ever as the number of people living with cancer in the UK is rising. We look forward to the future of this exciting partnership and the difference it can make for people with cancer.”
For more information
Frankie Harrington, PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 5057 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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
A Pizza History:
- PizzaExpress has been obsessed with pizza ever since its founder Peter Boizot opened the first PizzaExpress restaurant on Wardour Street in London’s Soho in 1965
- PizzaExpress was one of the first restaurants to adopt open kitchens
- PizzaExpress now has over 460 restaurants across the country and is just as passionate about pizza today as it was in 1965
- To find out more visit www.pizzaexpress.com