Boots fundraising, giving something back
Giving something back is important to us at Boots. We have around 54,000 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 these charities, we’ve raised over £27.5 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:
- Building on the success of previous challenges for Macmillan Cancer Support, including climbing Kilimanjaro and trekking the Inca Trail, in 2018 over 50 Boots colleagues took part in a "Snowdon Triple Challenge". Colleagues scaled Snowdon, by cycling, hiking and kayaking, raising over £37,000 in sponsorship for Macmillan Cancer Support
- On BBC Children in Need’s Appeal Night, we open the Boots customer call centre. In 2018 we had over 300 staff helping to take over 5,500 calls, collecting £268,000 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
- 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