Partnerships round-up: PizzaExpress raises £70k for Macmillan in seven days

Plus: Barnardo's named charity of the year by Sainsbury's corporate services division; Ibis Hotels launches three-year partnership with the Teenage Cancer Trust and more

PizzaExpress staff fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support
PizzaExpress staff fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support

The restaurant chain PizzaExpress raised more than £70,000 for its partner charity Macmillan Cancer Support in just seven days at the end of June for the charity’s Go Mad, Go Green initiative.

Staff in PizzaExpress restaurants across the country took part in activities including fun runs, marathons and bike rides, as well as decorating restaurants with Macmillan green balloons to encourage customers to make a donation.

It was the second year the company has taken part in the week-long event and it doubled the amount raised last year.

The children’s charity Barnardo’s has been named charity of the year by Sainsbury’s corporate services division.

The partnership officially launched with a Grease sing-along film night.

More than 80 members of division staff are expected to get involved with raise money over the coming year through events such as cake sales, carol singing and a Zumbathon.

They will also compete against other organisations in Barnardo’s National Store Wars Challenge, where they will take over a Barnardo’s charity shop for the day to raise money.

Sainsbury’s will also offer pro bono work to help the charity, such as reviewing health and safety practices in shops and providing retail marketing advice.

Ibis Hotels has announced a three-year partnership with the Teenage Cancer Trust which will see hotels stage live gigs to raise money for the charity.

The hotel chain has already launched ibis Lates on Tour, in which hotel public spaces are transformed into live gig venues to showcase young, up and coming musicians, with all the proceeds going to the trust.

Staff will also take part in fundraising events, such as wearing a onesie to work or taking part in a bake off.

Staff at the hotel chain Travelodge have voted for the British Heart Foundation as the company’s charity partner.

Travelodge has pledged to raise a quarter of million pounds for the charity over the next two years.

Staff will fundraise by taking part in activities including the charity’s London to Brighton bike ride, a pedometer challenge, cricket matches, marathons and cake sales.

All hotel managers and head office staff, including the executive team, have also been trained in life-saving CPR training by the charity.

The supermarket chain Waitrose has donated more than £19,000 to the Edinburgh-based homelessness charity Bethany Christian Trust.

The charity was chosen by the supermarket’s Morningside branch after one of its staff members did a student placement at the charity.

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