One Stop raises over £30,000 for Paddington’s favourite charity | Action Medical Research

One Stop raises over £30,000 for Paddington’s favourite charity

20 August 2014

One Stop has once again raised over £30,000 for children’s charity, Action Medical Research, using countertop collection boxes. This is the third year that the stores have run the fundraising initiative with the charity bringing the total raised to nearly £90,000.

From 16 March to 27 April this year, over 740 One Stop shops around the country placed Paddington-themed collection boxes on their countertops to raise vital funds for the charity. The nation’s beloved bear is the mascot of the charity which funds vital research to help sick and disabled babies and children.

Tony Reed, Chief Executive of One Stop says: “One Stop is delighted to once again have worked with Action Medical Research. As an organisation, we focus on being the best neighbourhood store for our customers, which is why we're committed to supporting the charity and helping to improve the communities we work in. The funds raised by the collection boxes will help the children’s charity to continue to fund medical breakthroughs that help sick and disabled children, an area that continues to be underfunded in the UK.”

Toby Tennant, Head of Relationship Fundraising, Action Medical Research, commented: “We are really grateful to all of the One Stop stores around the country who pulled together to raise this fantastic amount of money for the charity. It really is an amazing achievement and Action Medical Research will use these funds to help save and change the lives of sick children throughout the UK.”

Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs since it began in 1952. Medical research can save and change children’s lives. Yet surprisingly, medical research into conditions that devastate children’s lives is poorly funded.  The charity is currently supporting work around stillbirth, epilepsy, meningitis, cerebral palsy and brain cancer, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.

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Action Medical Research is a UK-wide charity saving and changing children’s lives through medical research. We want to make a difference in:
tackling premature birth and treating sick and vulnerable babies
helping children affected by disability, disabling conditions and infections
targeting rare diseases that together severely affect many forgotten children.

Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world.

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One Stop

One Stop Stores Limited is a retail convenience business with over 740 neighbourhood stores across England and Wales.  It employs around 11,000 colleagues.

The majority of its stores open seven days a week from 6am to 11pm and offer local communities a range of convenience food and household goods.  For added convenience many stores offer additional services including free cash machines, Post Office, PayPoint (for paying utility bills), lottery and mobile electronic top-up.

One Stop is a subsidiary of Tesco which acquired the stores in 2003. It operates as a separate business from its Store Support Centre in Brownhills, Walsall, West Midlands and services its stores from 3 distribution centres in Brownhills, Nursling (Hampshire) and Wakefield (West Yorkshire).

In April 2013, One Stop announced it was trialling a new franchise concept for independent retailers.  For more details, go to or follow us on Twitter @1StopFranchise

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