Argos raises £2million in two years to help fund Macmillan nurses across the UK

15 June 2017

Argos has raised an incredible £2million in two years on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support, thanks to the dedication and support of its colleagues and customers across the UK 

This amount will fund vital Macmillan nursing care at a local level, and equates to paying for 38 Macmillan nurses across the country to help those living with cancer for one year.

With the number of people living with cancer in the UK rising to 4 million by 2030, funding Macmillan nursing care is crucial. Macmillan nurses provide emotional, financial, medical and practical support which is a life line for many people living with cancer and their families.

With many at Argos holding the cause close to their hearts, Macmillan won the vote to become the retailer’s charity partner in 2015. Since then, colleagues and customers have thrown themselves head first into fundraising and volunteering – raising smiles as well as money along the way.

Always keen to don an adventurous fancy dress outfit, colleagues have dressed up and donated for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas. Many team members have even been brave enough to shave their heads for charity as well as taking on gruelling challenges like Tough Mudder, marathons and cycling events.

And over 400 Argos colleagues, including Chief Executive Officer John Rogers and members of the senior Argos team, are limbering up to take on the 26 mile-long ‘Mighty Hike’ challenges happening in scenic spots across the UK this summer.

In addition to ongoing activity, team Argos raised over £70,000 during its last ‘national collection’ in January 2017, which saw colleagues unite to raise funds in-store for Macmillan on the day of the new season’s range launch. They also raised over £50,000 during the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in September last year.

John Rogers, CEO at Sainsbury’s Argos, said: “We’re so proud of the way that our colleagues and customers have come together over the past two years to raise such significant funds for Macmillan. It is a fantastic cause, close to the hearts of many of us at Argos, and raising £2million simply wouldn’t have been possible without the unstoppable enthusiasm that we have seen along the way.

“But it doesn’t stop here – we look forward to building on these efforts even further this year and are honoured to be able to make such a difference to people living with cancer across the UK.”
Natasha Parker, Head of Corporate Partnerships at Macmillan Cancer Support said, “We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Argos colleagues and customers for their continued support and dedication. This incredible amount will make a real difference for many people living with cancer and their families who will benefit from the essential support Macmillan nurses provide. In so many cases, Macmillan nurses ensure that ‘life with cancer’, can still be a life. We really can’t thank you enough.”