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McColl’s hits £1m fundraising target for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity

McColl’s has reached a fundraising target of £1 million for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity a year ahead of schedule. The convenience retailer launched a… View Article

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McColl’s hits £1m fundraising target for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity

McColl’s has reached a fundraising target of £1 million for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity a year ahead of schedule.

The convenience retailer launched a national partnership with the charity in October 2019 and since then has been raising funds through events such as the ‘Tour de McColl’s’ in August, where staff members were challenged to take part in walking, running, skipping, swimming or cycling activities. Each region was tasked with clocking up 1,981 miles which marked the distance from the furthest McColl’s stores in each corner of England, Scotland and Wales.

Jonathan Miller, chief executive, McColl’s, said: “I’m incredibly proud of all our colleagues and customers in their heroic effort to raise money for such a worthy cause as Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. This success, a year of ahead of schedule, is all thanks to the extraordinary generosity of individuals and families across the UK, including during the difficult months of lockdown. We’re so grateful for their efforts in the past two years, and I look forward to announcing the next big challenge on how McColl’s can support its communities and families very soon.”

The money raised will help fund the refurbishment of family accommodation close to the hospital to enable parents from across the UK to be by their child’s side as they receive life-saving and life-changing specialist care.

Louise Parkes, chief executive at Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, said: “Congratulations to everyone at McColl’s on raising £1 million for GOSH Charity, this incredible sum will help to fund accommodation for parents of seriously ill children cared for at GOSH and will make such a difference.”

McColl’s has also supported Great Ormond Street Hospital during the Covid-19 pandemic by providing essential food and drink products such as sandwiches, bread, milk, eggs, biscuits, tea and coffee for staff to access free of charge.

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