Boots fundraising, giving something back

Giving something back is important to us at Boots. We have almost 60,000 colleagues working together across our stores and support office in the UK, who, as well as doing their demanding jobs every day, also love to work with us to raise money for those less fortunate.

We have two core charities we support – Macmillan Cancer Support and BBC Children in Need. Since beginning our support for each of these charities, we’ve raised almost £12 million with help from colleagues, customers all over the country, and suppliers.

Here is just a snapshot of our most recent fundraising achievements and initiatives:

  • Miles for Macmillan: this is a company-wide initiative to raise funds and awareness for Macmillan Cancer Support. Our teams walk, run, climb and generally get moving (including exercise bikes in the support office), to gain sponsorship
  • On BBC Children in Need’s Appeal Night, we open the Boots customer call centre. In 2012 we had more than 300 staff helping to take over 6,800 calls, collecting £218,000 of donations from the public
  • Through the Boots UK “Make the Difference Fund” we support employees in any of their fundraising achievements by matching their funding by up to £500. Typically, around 500 awards are granted each year providing additional funding to benefit the charities that are personally important to our colleagues
  • Boots staff can donate directly from their salaries to a charity they care about through our Workplace Giving scheme. Currently we have over 3,000 employees donating part of their salary in this way
  • But we also know charity begins at home. The Boots Benevolent Fund, a registered charity, provides financial support to serving and retiring colleagues in times of hardship such as homelessness, debts involving bailiffs or large utility bill arrears