Inchcape smashes fundraising target

Leading automotive retailer Inchcape Retail UK, has won a prestigious award from national cancer charity Macmillan. The Building a Partnership Foundation Award was presented at Macmillian’s annual partner awards ceremony to Inchcape, which has raised in excess of £95,000 since the partnership began in April 2016.  Inchcape set a target of £50k in 2016 which was smashed by almost 50% as the staff raised £75,000 by the end of the year.

The Building a Partnership Foundation Award recognises companies who are new partners of the charity but have already made a significant impact with fundraising, awareness and support. Inchcape was selected for the way in which each of its 100 UK-wide retail sites have taken Macmillan into their hearts and worked to exceed the first year fundraising target. The employees came up with many creative ideas to raise money and this passion and effort really impressed Macmillan.

Angie Lawrence-Scott, head of communications for Inchcape UK, said, ‘We appointed Macmillan as our charity partner, following a staff vote, in early in 2016. We gave our teams the freedom to come up with their own fundraising ideas, as well as giving them national challenges to take part in across the Inchcape group.

‘Our colleagues have all fully embraced the charity and set about fundraising in many creative and innovative ways – from sponsored bike rides to cake sales and even holding a comedy night. We’re delighted to be given this award which is testament to the efforts of all our colleagues in supporting Macmillan. I know our teams care about this charity and what it stands for so they are passionate about raising money and making a difference.’

Claire Singlehurst, director of relationship fundraising for Macmillan, said, ‘Our corporate partnership leadership team were really impressed by the foundations and commitment Inchcape UK has put into our partnership, embedding Macmillan into the organisational culture and creating fun engagement opportunities to raise money and meet business objectives.

‘The results speak for themselves – having initially set out to raise £50,000; Inchcape employees exceeded this by 50% to raise £75,000 to support people living with cancer across the UK. Inchcape UK stood out for us amongst stiff competition, and we’re delighted to be continuing our partnership this year.’