Argos raises £1m for hospices charity

High street retailer Argos had achieved its target of raising £1m in two years for Help the Hospices with four months still to go.

The money has been raised in a range of ways, such as in-store collections, Christmas product sales, mobile phone recycling and staff collections at the company’s head office.

The figure is nearly twice the £600,000 raised during Argos’s previous partnership with Whizz-Kidz, the disabled children’s charity.

Help the Hospices’ corporate fundraiser, Anne Seymour, said hospices are the largest fundraising cause in the UK. “They must collectively raise over £400 million every year to keep going,” she said.

“A key benefit of the Argos relationship is that the money has been banked regularly, so many hospices are already benefiting from the money that’s been raised.”

Twenty-two hospices have so far each received over £4,000 through the partnership.

Argos’s community affairs manager, Lorna Liggett, said the store had reached its forecasted total for the two-year partnership in just half that time. “The total so far equates to £1,800 per day of the partnership,” she said.

No decision has yet been taken about Argos’s next charity partner. It will have to be a large charity which can offer all our nationwide staff a high degree of local support,” said a spokesperson.

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