May 20 2016

Poundland donates nearly £800,000 to UK charities from sales of plastic carrier bags

Poundland, Europe’s largest value general merchandise retailer, has today announced it will be donating nearly £800,000 to charities across England, Scotland and Wales, from the sales of its plastic carrier bags.

Legislation across the UK requires retailers to charge 5p per plastic bag given to customers and Poundland will be donating the money from the sales of its bags to its two existing charity partners: Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research Wales. A one off donation will also be made to the UCL Dementia Research charity.

Monies raised from Poundland stores in Scotland and England will be donated to Macmillan Cancer Support as part of Poundland’s national partnership with the leading cancer charity. All the money raised will fund vital Macmillan services that help ensure that no one has to face cancer alone. Since launching its partnership with Macmillan in 2009, Poundland has raised over £1.5 million for the charity and with the additional money from the sale of plastic carrier bags brings this total to over £2million.

Nicola Keith, Head of Partnership Management at Macmillan Cancer Support says, “We would like to thank Poundland for this donation which will help Macmillan to deliver essential support to the growing number of people living with cancer in the UK. Reaching a fundraising total of over £2 million is a tremendous milestone that all colleagues and customers should be very proud of, as all of the money will help Macmillan ensure that no one has to face cancer alone. Support like Poundland’s is more important than ever as we know that by 2020, almost half of the population will get cancer at some point in their lives.”

Poundland’s charity in Wales is Cancer Research Wales and was chosen by store colleagues. The donation made by Poundland, from the sale of bags across Wales, will fund vital and pioneering research into new cancer treatments, as well as the charities own research laboratory at Velindre Cancer Centre, Cardiff – a centre of excellence for non-surgical treatment of cancer.

Laura Priddle, Cancer Research Wales’ Fundraising Manager said “We are hugely grateful to Poundland for choosing to support Cancer Research Wales via its carrier bag charges. Small donations have gone a long way and raised a really significant amount of money, which will stay in Wales and go straight to leading teams of scientists who are making exciting advances in the fight against cancer.”

Jim McCarthy, CEO at Poundland said: “I am delighted and extremely proud to make today’s announcement in support of these three incredible charities. Cancer is something that affects most of us at some point in our life. Nearly £800k will go a long way in providing vital work across the UK to the charities and reaching over £2 million for our national charity partner Macmillan is amazing and testament to the continuous support from our colleagues and customers support”.

Poundland is committed to reducing the number of bags in landfill and ensures all plastic bags sold in stores are made from recyclable material.

For more information please contact:

+44 (0)20 8618 2946 │+44 (0) 20 8618 2943

Bankside 2, 100 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0SW | UK

About Poundland

Poundland plc joined the premium segment of the London Stock Market in March 2014.

Poundland is winner of the 2015 Retail Industry Awards for Discount Retailer of the Year, and winner of Own Label Range of the Year at the 2015 Grocer Gold Awards for its Make Up Gallery cosmetics line.

Poundland Group operates over 900 stores in the UK, Republic of Ireland and Spain. Poundland sells top brands and great quality own brand products, providing customers with amazing value every day since 1990.

Serving over 7 million customers every week, Poundland offers an irresistible shopping experience where shoppers are guaranteed to find thousands of quality products in each store, including over 1,000 well-known brands, across 17 shopping categories including food and drink, health and beauty, household, gardening, DIY, pet, stationery, books, DVDs and toys.

Poundland opened 60 new stores for the financial year ending March 2016, creating approximately 1,700 jobs. In addition 246 99p Stores were added to the store portfolio and have now been converted to the successful Poundland format.

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

About Cancer Research Wales

Cancer Research Wales was founded in 1966. The charity’s aim is to reduce the impact of cancer on the people of Wales through supporting world class cancer research and education. Cancer Research Wales is proud to ensure that all money raised from this donation will be spent in Wales; which has the potential to benefit millions of lives worldwide, as well as those in local communities.

About UCL Dementia Research

UCL will develop a new dementia research institute, which will bring together the best scientific minds in the world to face the dementia challenge head on and improve the lives of people living with dementia and their families.

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