PizzaExpress raises over £70,000 for Macmillan in one week

PizzaExpress employees raising money for Macmillan Cancer
11/08/2017 - 11:35
PizzaExpress has announced its ‘Go Mad, Go Green’ charity week raised over £70,000 for its charity partner, Macmillan Cancer.

Held at the end of June, all UK PizzaExpress restaurants were involved in the charity week through team activities such as fun runs, marathons, bike rides as well as individual efforts. The chain also decorated its venues green with balloons and banners, and staff donned the colour for the occasion too.

Doubling the amount that the company’s inaugural charity week raised for Macmillan last year (2016), £70,000 is almost enough to pay for an entire information resource area in a Macmillan cancer information and support centre, where patients, families and carers can find and receive information.

Rachel Cross, engagement and communications manager at PizzaExpress said: “We are so excited to have raised such a large amount through our fundraising efforts. From individual challenges, through to team activities and customer engagement, we’ve had the most successful event yet. This is totally due to the incredible passion of our restaurant teams. It was great to be able to double our donation to Macmillan this year and to help support the growing number of people affected by cancer in the UK.”

Head of partnership management at Macmillan Cancer support, Emily Shelford, said: “This week packed full of activity was a brilliant effort from PizzaExpress staff across the country and a phenomenal amount was raised - their enthusiasm is inspiring!

“One in two people are likely to get cancer in their lifetimes and its down to dedication like this that we’re able to continue supporting people when they need it most. We believe that life with cancer is still a life and with the continued support from partners like PizzaExpress, we can help people live it.”

PizzaExpress fundraising events are continuing to take place around the country, and a discretionary 25p from every Padana pizza sold is still being donated to the charity.

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