Toolstation raised over £750,000 for its designated charity partner, Macmillan Cancer Support, in 2022.
Since launching the charity partnership in 2020, Toolstation has raised over £1,500,000 for Macmillan to help fund vital physical, financial and emotional support for millions of people living with cancer across the UK.
With the £750,000 donation, Macmillan could pay for 12 Macmillan nurses for a whole year, helping people living with cancer, and their families, to receive essential medical, practical and emotional support. Alternatively, the donation could support the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support team in running its Macmillan Support Line phone service for over five months. In this time, they could deal with more than 40,000 calls and web enquiries from people who need practical and emotional support or help to navigate cancer services.
Fundraising took place across the business, with colleagues at its distribution network, support centre in Bridgwater and over 550 stores all getting involved throughout the year to help reach the record figure.
Several colleagues were sponsored by the business to shave their heads for Macmillan Cancer Support as part of its Brave the Shave campaign, whilst Toolstation’s Managing Director, James Mackenzie, and Retail Director, Simon Robinson, put on their running shoes to help raise money by participating in the 2022 London Marathon.
Last April, Toolstation launched its collaboration with micro-donation charity Pennies, with customers able to add an optional donation to Macmillan Cancer Support onto their purchases when paying by card and contactless.
Additional fundraising initiatives included store raffles, bake sales, team hikes, fancy dress days and the ongoing support of Macmillan Coffee Mornings, all of which were supported through customer and colleague donations.
Toolstation has continued its support for Macmillan Cancer Support in 2023, with each store currently offering the chance for customers to win a hamper full of CT1 goodies worth over £160 by entering a prize draw, with all proceeds being donated to the charity. CT1 sealant and adhesive is a construction adhesive that will never shrink or crack, and can be structured and painted with any type of paint.
James says, “It’s amazing to think that we’ve raised so much money thanks to the generosity of our customers and colleagues. The wonderful work and support that Macmillan Cancer Support provides helps so many people. Our fundraising will support the charity in its efforts to be there for everyone living with or affected by cancer.”
Kate Goldman-Toomey, Director of Corporate Partnerships and Philanthropy at Macmillan Cancer Support, says, “We are so incredibly grateful for Toolstation’s continued support. Both colleagues and customers have gone above and beyond again, raising an incredible amount, undeterred by a potentially challenging fundraising environment. At Macmillan we rely on donations from the public and valued corporate partners such as Toolstation for 98% of our income. This support helps Macmillan to continue doing whatever it takes to give people living with cancer the support they need, when they need it most.”