One Stop has announced it has raised a ‘record amount’ of £130,000 for charity Children in Need, in six weeks.
As a result, Children in Need distributed its funding to over 2500 local charities and projects, which directly support children and young people in communities across the UK.
The symbol group retailer has also raised over £8.8 million in the last eight years for charities such as Children in Need, Alzheimer’s Society and Macmillan Cancer Support.
“This year our store colleagues have been amazing in their efforts and our customers have responded by engaging in our fundraising and donating,” One Stop’s head of sustainability and social responsibility Liz Fox said.
“We can’t thank our colleagues, customers and wider community enough for their time, effort and generosity.
“We’re absolutely over the moon to have raised so much and know this will make a significant difference to Children in Need!”
This year the grocer started its fundraising event a month early with 900 stores taking part.
Fox added: “The stores themselves came up with a huge array of fundraising ideas from tombola’s and fancy-dress days, to ‘sponge the store manager’ and raffles.
“We also had ideas generated at head office and many stores, including a ‘Pedal for Pudsey’ cycling challenge where stores each had a different target – some 100 miles, some teams doing 300.
“They did their cycling out of store, in-store – via static bikes -, at home or within the community, all helping to raise awareness and funds.”
The charity’s mission is to ensure every child in the UK is safe, happy, secure and has the opportunity to reach their potential.