Five years after joining forces with Macmillan Cancer Support, Greene King has announced it has raised a mammoth £3 million.
One of the initiatives, ‘Macmillan May’, saw 1,000 pubs across the country take on the challenge to raise as much charitable money as possible by hosting cake sales, raffles, quizzes, family fun days and more.
Greene King’s support for Macmillan doesn’t stop now, as it takes on its next hurdle is the ‘Miles for Macmillan’ campaign. The company’s 43,000 team members and its guests are invited to walk, run, bike or swim enough miles to reach the moon and raise money for the charity on their way. The impressive feat, should they choose to take part, will see them cover a combined quarter of a million miles, taking part in marathons, a London to Paris bike ride in July and climb Mount Kilimanjaro in October.
‘We are all really proud to have reached this £3m fundraising milestone for Macmillan,’ Rooney Anand, chief executive officer for Greene King, said. ‘Our pubs are in the privileged position of being in the heart of communities and this achievement is all down to our amazing team members and customers who have put on fantastic fundraising events over the last five years.’
The money raised by the pub group over the last year has gone directly to fund vital hours of Macmillan nursing care, it says. With help from partners like Greene King, Macmillan helps to fund or support more than 4,300 Macmillan nursing posts across the UK, helping hundreds of thousands of people with cancer each year.
‘Our Macmillan partnership is incredibly important to us and I know we’ll continue to put all the passion and energy into it as we aim for the next £1m landmark,’ Anand added.
Lynda Thomas, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, said a big thank you to everyone at Greene King who have worked very hard to raise this significant sum. ‘At Macmillan we know that by 2030 the number of people living with cancer in Britain will have increased to four million, making Greene King’s support more valuable than ever,’ she added.