Partnerships round-up: Barnardo's in link-up with Parcelly

Plus: Macmillan to get £50k from airline Monarch; Bliss is Mothercare's charity of the year; and Blesma to benefit from Opcare staff's cycling challenges

The parcel collection service Parcelly has launched a new partnership with the children’s charity Barnardo’s.

People using Parcelly when ordering goods online will now be able to have them delivered to one of 90 Barnardo’s stores in Birmingham and Liverpool for collection.

The service is expected to expand to Manchester next week and nationwide in the next few months.

Barnardo’s said it hoped to attract new customers to its stores while generating a new revenue stream for each parcel collected or returned through its shops. 

The airline Monarch has pledged £50,000 to help fund the running of Macmillan Cancer Support’s new cancer unit in Tameside, Greater Manchester, as part of its 28-year partnership with the charity.

The unit, which opened its doors in February, provides outpatient cancer, chemotherapy and haematology services as well as an information and support centre.

So far, the partnership between the charity and the airline has raised more than £4.8m for Macmillan through customer donations and staff fundraising.

Bliss, the charity for premature and sick babies, has been named as the retailer Mothercare’s charity of the year.

The charity was nominated to receive funding from the Mothercare Group Foundation by the retailer’s staff.

Bliss already has a long-standing relationship with Mothercare, having worked alongside neonatal midwives and new parents to develop a clothing range for premature babies.

As charity of the year, Bliss will receive donations from the proceeds of sales in Mothercare’s staff shop.

Employees of the prosthetic provider Opcare will complete a variety of cycling challenges on 9 June to raise money for Blesma, which cares for limbless veterans.

Staff will be able to choose between a 14-mile cycle around Birmingham, a 20-mile route through Richmond Park in London or 145 miles from Roehampton Limb Centre in south-west London to the company’s head office in Birmingham.

Dom Hannett, director of clinical services at Opcare, which provides prosthetic services to the NHS in the UK, said: "Blesma represent users of our service so well that we wanted to show our support."

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