Pub company raises £5m for Macmillan Cancer Support

Greene King says it generated £1m for the charity in the past seven months alone

Greene King passes £5m mark for Macmillan Cancer Support
Greene King passes £5m mark for Macmillan Cancer Support

The pub company Greene King has raised £5m for charity partner Macmillan Cancer Support, the organisations have announced.

Greene King said it had raised the funds over the past six years, including £1m over the past seven months.

The company said staff had raised funds in a variety of ways including marathon running, cake sales, mountain climbs and through "Macmillan May", an intensive month of fundraising that brought in £370,409 last year.

Greene King pubs and restaurants have also sold charity desserts, with donations from sales going to the charity.

The company said it had begun a partnership with the charity Pennies that would enable Greene King customers to donate 25p to charity when they spend more than £15 and pay on a card machine.

The company estimates this will generate an additional £1m for the charity over the next year.

The partnership initially had a fundraising target of £1m over three years when it was first established in 2012.

Rooney Anand, chief executive officer of Greene King, said: "We are proud of how our team members have worked tirelessly with real passion and enthusiasm to raise much-needed funds to support people with cancer."

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