Generous One Stop customers and colleagues have raised more than £27,000 to help save and change children’s lives.
The UK-wide campaign, supporting children’s charity Action Medical Research, ran during May and saw some 781 One Stop stores place Paddington BearTM-themed collection boxes on their countertops to raise vital funds, with many also running raffles to boost the coffers.
The retail convenience business has now raised more than £150,000 for Action Medical Research over the past five years, thanks to the generosity of customers and staff’s impressive fundraising efforts.
“We are delighted with the amount once again raised by One Stop to support our fight for little lives," says Toby Tennant, Head of Relationship Fundraising for Action Medical Research.
“Medical research for children is underfunded in the UK. For every project the charity funds there’s another one we have to turn away – simply because of a lack of funds.
“There are hundreds of thousands of children in the UK whose lives are devastated by disease and disability. We need support to fund vital research to develop new treatments and cures for sick babies and children which is why fundraising like this is so important to us.”
Tracey Clements, CEO of One Stop, adds: “"One Stop is proud to again support the vital research which Action Medical Research funds.
"Our key focus is being the best neighbourhood store for our customers, which is why we're helping to make a real difference to local communities by supporting this charity. The funds raised by the collection boxes will help Action Medical Research continue to fund medical breakthroughs that help sick and disabled children, an area that continues to be underfunded in the UK.”
For more than 60 years Action Medical Research has helped pioneer treatments and ways to prevent disease that have benefited millions of people in the UK and across the world. Research they’ve funded has helped to beat polio in the UK, develop ultrasound in pregnancy, fight meningitis and prevent stillbirths.
Action Medical Research is currently funding research into meningitis, Down syndrome, epilepsy and premature birth, as well as some rare and distressing conditions that severely affect children.
To find out more about the charity’s work, please visit action.org.uk
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For a high-res image of Sharon Heathcote, Relationship Fundraising Officer at Action Medical Research, with the collection boxes displayed in One Stop stores, please click on the links below:
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 saving and changing children’s lives through medical research. For more than 60 years we’ve helped pioneer ways to prevent disease and develop treatments benefiting millions of people. Our research has helped to beat polio in the UK, develop ultrasound, fight meningitis and prevent stillbirths. But we urgently need to develop more new treatments and cures for sick babies and children and we can’t do it without you.
Join our fight for little lives today.
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