26 Jun 2018
Fourteen years of fundraising for the NSPCC has this month seen Matalan break through the £10million barrier.
The retailer with 227 stores nationwide, including 25 in Scotland, is the NSPCC’s longest-standing retail partner, with staff raising money for the children’s charity since 2004.
The £10m has been used to make a difference to hundreds of thousands of children’s lives, both in Scotland and across the UK, by investing in Childline and services dedicated to helping young people recover from abuse and neglect.
John Hargreaves, founder of Matalan, also led an appeal to raise funds for a new purpose-built therapy centre in Liverpool.
The Hargreaves Centre opened in 2007 and now houses the Liverpool Childline base and NSPCC services that work with young people who have experienced abuse and neglect.
Matalan’s fundraising for the charity began with a London Marathon team, who ran the race in 2004.
From then on, their support has evolved to involve every part of the business and their customers, who have also rallied behind the charity’s work.
One of the stalwarts of Matalan’s fundraising efforts has been four charity balls in aid of the NSPCC, which raised a massive £3m.
Deborah Quinn, NSPCC Scotland Corporate Partnerships Manager, said: “It is such a massive achievement that Matalan have raised £10m for the NSPCC throughout our partnership.
“We are so grateful for the hard work of the Matalan stores in Scotland who contribute to this and we love working with them.
“The ongoing fundraising and support we receive locally and nationally from the stores is amazing and we look forward to many more years of working together.”
Peter Wanless, CEO of the NSPCC, said: “Reaching this incredible milestone is a fantastic achievement by Matalan and something that everyone associated with the company should be really proud about.
“The £10m raised by their employees, customers and the Hargreaves family has helped us change hundreds of thousands of children’s lives for the better across the UK.
“We now look forward to continuing this fantastic partnership long into the future, working together to help many more children in need.”
Jason Hargreaves, Matalan’s Chief Executive Officer added: “Matalan and the Hargreaves family are so proud of this achievement.
“The work that the NSPCC carries out is invaluable and it’s amazing to see how the £10m raised by Matalan since 2004 has been utilised.
“Matalan will continue to support the NSPCC and we’re truly privileged to be the longest-standing retail partner of the charity.”
To celebrate this milestone in the partnership, television personalities Lydia Bright and Debbie Douglas are visiting Matalan HQ to take part in special events throughout today (26 June).