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Boots colleagues take overnight trek up Britain’s highest mountain

16 August 2016
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This weekend, over 100 Boots UK colleagues took part in a tough overnight endurance climb to the summit of Ben Nevis to fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support.

On Saturday night, a team of 111 Boots colleagues, including groups and individuals from Boots stores across the UK and the Boots UK Support Office in Nottingham, took part in an overnight moonlit hike to the summit of Ben Nevis.

Kitted out with walking boots and head torches, the Boots team together scrambled rocks and trekked over high cliffs in the dark, taking the steep ascent to 1,345 metres above sea level. Challenging their endurance limits to raise important funds for Macmillan Cancer Support, colleagues have been getting ready by holding auctions, samosa and sweet sales and static bike challenges, among other activities. Together, they have already raised over £25,000 in funds for Macmillan Cancer Support - with more still coming in.

The hikers took between six and nine hours to complete the challenge, Una Kent, Director of Communications at Boots UK, who was a member of the expedition and one of many colleagues who has done several endurance challenges on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support, comments: “It’s been incredible to take part in another challenge for Macmillan. This is a fantastic partnership that many Boots colleagues feel passionately about. Everyone involved has done so much to get themselves to the ‘top of the hill’ to honour people who are on one of the toughest journeys of their lives. We are committed to making sure that no one faces cancer alone.”

Boots UK colleagues have raised more than £585,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support over the last three years from colleague expeditions to Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu, and now Ben Nevis. 




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About Boots UK

Boots UK (, the UK’s leading pharmacy-led health and beauty retailer, is part of the Retail Pharmacy International Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.  With 2,510* stores in the UK, Boots UK is committed to providing exceptional customer and patient care, be the first choice for pharmacy and healthcare and offer innovative 'only at Boots' exclusive products such as the UK’s leading skincare brand No7, all delivered with the great value customers love. Created over 165 years ago, the Boots brand is still at the heart of the communities it serves.

*As at 31 August 2015 excluding equity method investments

About Macmillan Cancer Support

More than one in three of us will get cancer. For most of us it will be the toughest fight we ever face. And the feelings of isolation and loneliness that so many people experience make it even harder. But you don’t have to go through it alone. The Macmillan team is with you every step of the way.

We are the nurses and therapists helping you through treatment. The experts on the end of the phone. The advisers telling you which benefits you’re entitled to. The volunteers giving you a hand with the everyday things. The campaigners improving cancer care. The community there for you online, any time. The supporters who make it all possible.

Together, we are all Macmillan Cancer Support.

About the Macmillan Cancer Support and Boots UK partnership

Cancer is often the toughest fight many people will face. Boots UK and Macmillan Cancer Support are working together to ensure everyone affected by cancer, wherever they are in the UK, has access through Boots to the best cancer information and support in their local community.

Through the partnership, Boots has introduced bespoke training for its pharmacists, healthcare colleagues and No7 advisors to help deliver more ways for people affected by cancer to get information and support on the high street, in local communities and online.  Boots colleagues and customers have raised over £12million for Macmillan since the partnership began in 2009.  For more information, visit



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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer with over 52,000 team members and 2,100 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 30 November 2023