Mar 28 2014

Poundland exceed £1million fundraising target for Macmillan Cancer Support

Europe’s biggest single price value retailer Poundland has exceeded its £1million fundraising target for charity partner Macmillan Cancer Support, raising just over £1,035,000 since choosing to support the leading cancer care charity in 2009. The vital funds will help Macmillan ensure that no one faces cancer alone.

Customers and colleagues of the business, which recently floated on the stock market, have been integral to the success of the fundraising-driven charity partnership. Poundland colleagues have taken on activities such as a 24 hour Three Peaks Challenge, where they conquered Britain’s highest mountains. They have cycled from London to Paris and participated in the London marathon, as well as organising dress-down days and raffles in-store to help Poundland reach its target. Charity products bought by customers have also helped to bolster the brimming fundraising coffers for Macmillan.

This week will see Poundland and Macmillan celebrating the incredible milestone with a road show, taking in some of the top fundraising stores around the country, including the UK’s number one fundraising store in Sunderland, and the Retail Head Office in Willenhall, showcasing a giant Macmillan fundraising canister alongside oversized £1 coins to channel the fun loving spirit the partnership has bought to the retail partner’s stores and staff.

Jim McCarthy, Chief Executive at Poundland says: “I am delighted that we have reached and even exceeded our fundraising target for Macmillan. Our customers and colleagues have voted to continue to support Macmillan on a continuous basis since 2009, and we have seen some fantastic members of our team going above and beyond for a charity that has touched many of us personally. I am proud that we’ve been able to hand over a cheque for over £1million to continue to fund the vital work Macmillan does.”

Lynda Thomas, Director of Fundraising at Macmillan Cancer Support says: “Huge congratulations to everyone at Poundland who has worked so incredibly hard to raise this money for Macmillan. We are grateful for your ongoing support, and the money you have raised will go a long way to helping Macmillan to ensure that no one faces cancer alone. Thank you.”

The money raised by Poundland helps fund Macmillan’s practical, emotional, medical and financial support that helps people affected by cancer take back control of their lives.

For more information or high resolution images please contact:

Melissa Shelley, Assistant PR & Communications Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2319 or mshelley@macmillan.org.uk

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 Poundland

Poundland is Europe’s biggest single price discount retailer and winner of the 2013 Grocer Awards for Discount Retailer of the Year. 500 stores have been opened in the UK and the Republic of Ireland since 1990, including Northern Ireland. Poundland sells quality top brands and own brand products all for the single price point of £1 each, providing customers with amazing value every day.

Serving over 5 million customers every week, Poundland offers an irresistible shopping experience where shoppers are guaranteed to find over 3,000 quality products and over 1000 well-known brands, across 17 shopping categories including food and drink, health and beauty, household, gardening, DIY, Pet, Stationery, Books, DVDs and Toys.

With a growth strategy of at least 50 new stores every year, Poundland is set to exceed this target, creating approximately 2,000 new jobs, adding to the 12,000 current employees.

In June 2010, Poundland was acquired by Warburg Pincus, a leading global private equity firm. Warburg Pincus acquired a majority stake with the management at Poundland retaining a minority shareholding and continuing to lead the business.

For more information about Poundland, please visit:

www.poundland.co.uk

www.Facebook.com/Poundland

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