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Boots UK Celebrates Heroes in Nottingham

17 October 2016
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Boots UK and the Nottingham Post joined forces at the Heroes Awards to celebrate people who are doing amazing things for their local communities.

The awards held on 13 October 2016, celebrated heroes in the hometown of Boots UK, Nottingham, recognising brilliant rising stars; young carers, and people providing amazing healthcare every day; from volunteers, to neighbours looking out for one another, to those who work tirelessly to motivate more young people into sports.

Oonagh Turnbull, Senior Brand Innovation Manager at Boots UK, and Trustee for the Boots Charitable Trust, comments: “In partnership with the Nottingham Post Heroes Awards, we feel very proud to be able to help recognise the brilliant care that’s seen every day in Nottingham – the heroes who are doing amazing things to care for their communities and those who have simply added something special to the lives of people around them.”

Ronald Hickling, winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award

This level of care for others is at the heart of Boots – and has been ever since our very first store opened in the mid-19th century. Our founder, Jesse Boot was extremely passionate about care, and particularly in his hometown of Nottingham. His business started in the city centre offering affordable healthcare for the poor, and as it grew, he invested in improving the quality of life for people living in Nottingham, donating affordable housing, and opening green space at the University of Nottingham park to be enjoyed by all.

Our passion for helping others and doing right by our communities has continued to this day, it’s embedded into our stores and colleagues across the UK, and in particular in Nottingham through the Boots Charitable Trust which funds and supports charitable causes.

Through the Boots Charitable Trust we have donated more than £10 million over the last 40 years. The amazing charities and smaller voluntary organisations that we support make an incredible difference; from improving access to sports, to helping deliver computer workshops, and from supporting important women’s aid to funding hospice services. They are making people’s lives better every single day.

If you’re a charity in Nottingham seeking additional guidance and funding from the Boots Charitable Trust, please get in touch:



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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer with over 52,000 team members and around 1,900 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores.*

Boots serves its customers and patients for life as the leading provider of healthcare on the high street and the UK’s number one beauty destination. It offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of products, which incorporates its extensive own brand range and innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle Beauty and Sleek MakeUP.

2024 marks Boots’ 175th anniversary year. Founder John Boot opened a herbalist store in Nottingham in 1849 to offer an affordable alternative to traditional medicines. His son Jesse expanded the business to become a modern retailer and the biggest chemist in Britain. Throughout its history, Boots has listened, learned and innovated, and it continues to challenge itself to improve its products and services every day.

Boots is part of Walgreens Boots Alliance, which is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail.  More company information is available on

*Figures accurate as of 31 May 2024