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

McColl’s has announced that it has reached a fundraising milestone of £1million for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity), less than two years since the national partnership launched in October 2019.

The money will help fund the refurbishment of family accommodation, close to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), which will enable parents from across the UK to be by their child’s side in minutes, day or night, as they receive life-saving and life-changing specialist care.

Thanks to efforts from store colleagues and customers up and down the UK, including during the months of lockdown, McColl’s reached its fundraising target of £1million, over a year ahead of schedule. The news comes after McColl’s announcement in September last year that it had already raised £500,000 of the target.

The efforts to raise money for seriously ill children from across the UK included the ‘Tour de McColl’s’ event this August, where colleagues were challenged to take part in walking, running, skipping, swimming or cycling as an individual activity or in groups. Each region was tasked with clocking up 1,981 miles – the distance from our furthest McColl’s stores in each corner of England, Scotland and Wales – and the event raised the final £140,00 of the £1million milestone.

During the pandemic McColl’s also supported GOSH by providing essential food and drink products to the hospital, free of charge. These included sandwiches, bread, milk, eggs, biscuits, tea and coffee, which meant that hard-working NHS staff could collect much needed supplies at the start and end of their shift.

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.”

Commenting on the announcement, Louise Parkes, Chief Executive at GOSH Charity said: “Congratulations to everyone at McColl’s on raising £1million 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. I know that the last 18 months have been challenging for all of us, but throughout the pandemic the McColl’s team across the UK have worked so hard to ensure you continue to make a difference to the patients, families and staff at GOSH. On their behalf, I would like to say a huge and heartfelt thank you.”

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