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Boots UK customers and employees raise £1million for BBC Children in Need in 2013

2013 was our tenth year of supporting BBC Children in Need and we’re proud to say that over the years we’ve raised an incredible £6.5 million for this worthwhile cause. Our presence on the high street, along with our fundraising efforts means that we can really help BBC Children in Need and make a difference to young lives.

From zumbathons to flashmobs, bingos to raffles we’ve had great fun raising the cash, all the time knowing it’s for such an important cause, making a real difference to children and young people in communities across the UK.

Putting the ‘fun’ into fundraising

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2013 saw an extended product range, with a Pudsey bear designed exclusively for Boots by Fearne Cotton. NEW for 2013 saw a lunchtime offer and No7 teams were involved in the Children in Need BearFaced fundraising and awareness campaign, where a donation was made on every purchase of the No7 skincare range.

365 days a year, BBC Children in Need are working to help change the lives of children right on your doorstep. The support Boots has given means that the lives of disadvantaged children are getting better, with over 450,000 children being supported in 2013 alone. There are thousands of children who still need support, so Boots will continue working with BBC Children in Need to help give disadvantaged children in the UK a safe, happy and secure childhood and the chance to reach their potential.

Here at Boots we’ve really made an effort to put the ‘fun’ into fundraising with events such as a mascot race, cake sales, beauty salon and a bingo bonanza game.

Here are a couple of highlights:

  • Our Nottingham Victoria Centre store had a fun filled day, including colleagues on bikes and in fancy dress. More than £1,000 was raised
  • In our Manchester city centre store there was an array of events happening from a mass zumba class to bake-offs and even football and raffles. The team raised more than £1,200.

Overall in 2013, Boots UK and our customers raised a huge £1 million for BBC Children in Need through an incredible range of fundraising activities as well as selling exclusive BBC Children in Need products, including an exclusive line by Fearne Cotton, in larger stores.

Here’s a reminder of why every penny counts:

  • £1 could prevent a child from going hungry at breakfast time for a week
  • £2 could get a child from a deprived area off the streets and into an after school club session
  • £50 could provide equipment for a sensory room, helping children with disabilities explore and understand the world around them

We are proud to continue to work with BBC Children in Need to support their vision that every child in the UK has a childhood which is safe, happy and secure and allows them the chance to reach their potential.

Boots are an incredible partner. You have gone from strength to strength over the last ten years and 2013 was truly amazing. Your passion and commitment is clear from the scale and depth of involvement with BBC Children in Need and the £1million you have raised will help to change the lives of thousands of young people living tough lives across the UK. Everyone should be truly proud and we are excited about what we can achieve together in the future.

David Ramsden, Chief Executive, BBC Children in Need