One Stop raises over £40,000 for Paddington’s favourite UK charity
One Stop customers and colleagues helped to raise an amazing £40,000 to save and change children’s lives during a collection for Action Medical Research in May.
The campaign saw some 770 One Stop stores around the country place Paddington-themed collection boxes on their countertops to raise vital funds for the fourth year running. CEO Tony Reed also took part in the 12th Barking Badgers Tour organised by Action Medical Research and completed a gruelling 234 miles.
The generosity of customers, combined with workers’ fundraising efforts, has helped to bring the total raised for Action Medical Research by the retail convenience business to more than £140,000 since 2012.
Tony Reed, Chief Executive of One Stop, says: “I am extremely proud of the achievements of our colleagues and customers have made in raising such a fantastic sum of money for Action Medical Research. At One Stop we continue to focus on community activities that matter to those that live in our local neighbourhoods and this year’s total has really exceeded our expectations.”
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, which has Paddington BearTM as its mascot, currently has more than £11 million invested in the work of more than 230 top researchers working on over 75 projects across the UK, supporting work around childhood cancer, Down syndrome, epilepsy, and cystic fibrosis, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.
Toby Tennant, Head of Relationship Fundraising at the children’s charity, says: “We are so grateful to all of the One Stop stores around the country who pulled together to raise this fantastic amount of money – staff really went the extra mile by holding raffles and fun days.
“It is an amazing achievement and every pound raised this year will go towards helping to save and change the lives of sick children throughout the UK.”
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NOTES TO EDITORS:
About One Stop –
One Stop Stores Limited is a retail convenience business with over 770 neighbourhood stores across Great Britain. It employs more than 10,000 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 www.openaonestop.co.uk or follow us on Twitter @1StopFranchise
One Stop Stores | Apex Road, Brownhills, Walsall, West Midlands WS8 7HU | 01543 363000
For more information on Action Medical Research, please contact Ellie Evans, Fundraising Communications Officer, on:
T: 01403 327480
Action Medical Research is a leading UK-wide charity working to save and change children’s lives through medical research. We believe that the diseases that devastate the lives of so many of our children can be beaten. We have been funding medical breakthroughs since we began in 1952 like the first polio vaccines in the UK, ultrasound in pregnancy and the rubella vaccine – helping to save thousands of children’s lives and change many more.
Just one breakthrough, however small, can mean the world. Charity reg. nos 208701 and SC039284.