Greene King raises £7 million in seven years for Macmillan Cancer Support
Bury St Edmunds pubs giant Greene King has hit a £7 million fund-raising milestone for a cancer charity.
The company reached the landmark total for Macmillan Cancer Support in just seven years with regulars and staff at its Suffolk pubs raising £104,228.
It has helped fund thousands of hours of Macmillan care to support those living with cancer across the country.
Nick Mackenzie, chief executive at Greene King, said: “A big thank you to our team members who always pull out the stops to raise money. I’ve seen first-hand some of the staggering efforts they go to, including cycling more than 400 miles from our brewery in Bury St Edmunds to our brewery in Scotland.
“And thanks to our customers too, who always put their hands in their pockets to support Macmillan.
“We’ve ramped up our support over the last 12 months, including rolling out Pennies – the digital collection box – in all of our pubs which has already raised more than £500,000. As we enter our eighth year supporting Macmillan, we’re looking at new ways we can help those living with cancer.”
Other money-spinning initiatives by Greene King staff have included Kilimanjaro treks, family fun days, music festivals and the ‘Macmillan Way’ month of fund-raising which made £711,499 last year.
Other challenges were London to Paris and London to Amsterdam bike rides.
Rachel Gascoigne, senior partnership manager at Macmillan, said: “This money goes directly to supporting people living with cancer and we are very grateful to the Greene King customers and staff across Suffolk for their amazing support and generosity.
“Macmillan’s ambition is to be right there for everybody with cancer from the moment they are diagnosed.
“We are funded almost entirely by donations. Without the continued generosity of the public and partners like Greene King, we simply wouldn’t be able to provide vital support to those people who desperately need it.”
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