Poundworld reaches £750,000 charity milestone

18 November 2016

Poundworld has hit a significant fundraising milestone with its charity partner Marie Curie.

The Normanton-based retailer, which has close to 400 stores across the UK, has now raised a total of £768,206 for the charity over the last four years, which equates to the provision of 40 Marie Curie nurses for 12 months, to care for people living with a terminal illness and their families.

The money has been raised through a number of different initiatives, such as store staff dressing up for Halloween and Christmas, sample sales at head office, customer donations via volunteer store collections, collection tins at all till points, and through donations for daffodil pin badges as part of the charity’s annual Great Daffodil Appeal. However, the bulk of the money raised comes from the sale of plastic bags and UK’s carrier bag levy.

Gerry Gray, CEO at Poundworld, said:

To raise £750k for such a cause is a great achievement. As a result of customers purchasing a 5p carrier bag, or people donating their loose change whilst in store or at head office, we’re able to make a real tangible difference to the lives of those living with a terminal illness.

“Sadly, many of us know somebody who has suffered from a terminal illness and it is a challenging time for everybody – the work that Marie Curie does through its work in the community and its network of hospices across the UK is incredible and invaluable.”


Original article by Rachel Covill, The Business Desk