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Boots UK’s customers and colleagues raise £1.1 million for BBC Children in Need

19 November 2019
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Boots UK’s customers and colleagues have raised an incredible £1.1 million for BBC Children in Need. This year, not only is Boots supporting the charity’s A Million & Me programme*, but its donations will specifically help fund projects that champion mental wellbeing, build confidence, and encourage children and young people across the country to reach their full potential.

Boots colleagues and customers have supported BBC Children in Need for over 16 years and 2019 has seen thousands from across its stores and Support Office take part in fundraising festivities such as Pudsey’s penalty shootout, featuring famous mascots and Seb James, Managing Director, Boots UK, as well as bingo, bake sales, raffles, Zumba and colourful makeovers.  

During BBC Children in Need’s 2019 Appeal Show, 400 colleagues volunteered at Boots UK’s customer call centre in Nottingham to take pledges from people donating to BBC Children in Need.

Seb James, Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Boots UK, said:  “After sixteen special years, I am immensely proud of everyone at Boots who generously give their time and passion to make a profound difference to children and young people. This year we are focusing on the hugely important issue of mental wellbeing, bringing all of our energy and creativity to enable a brighter future for our children.”

Simon Antrobus, Chief Executive of BBC Children in Need, said: “BBC Children in Need are incredibly grateful to everyone at Boots for their support in 2019; this phenomenal total really will go on to make a lasting, positive difference to young lives. Thank you.”

As a Principal Partner to BBC Children in Need, Boots has raised a total of £13.8 million, which will help to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people in communities across the UK.














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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.

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*Figures accurate as of 31 May 2024