Liverpool Alder Hey children's hospital has received its largest single donation. Littlewoods gave £1.25m towards its neurosciences foundation, on top of a £1m gift given by the mail order and retail chain last year.
The donation ends doubts over whether Littlewoods, bought by the Barclay brothers in 2002, would continue the tradition of charitable giving by the previous owner, the Moores family. The Moores donated about 1 per cent of the profits to charity each year.
However, the Barclays also scrapped Littlewoods' membership of the ethical trading initiative, a government and charity-backed code to stop suppliers from using child or forced labour.
The Royal Liverpool NHS Trust said it applied strict ethical standards on donations and would not take money from companies that did not meet them.
The money will fund the move of the Liverpool Children's NHS Trust's neurological centre at Walton to the Alder Hey site.