The sum will help fund Macmillan nursing care at a local level and equates to paying for 38 Macmillan nurses across the country for one year. These palliative care nurses provide advice and support to people with cancer and their families.
Macmillan became Argos’ charity partner in 2015. Since then, staff have taken part in a variety of fundraising activities, from dressing up and donating for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas, to taking on sporting challenges such as Tough Mudder, marathons and cycling events. This summer, more than 400 staff (including chief executive officer John Rogers and members of the senior Argos team) will participate in Macmillan’s Mighty Hike Series of 26-mile one-day hiking marathons, which are taking place across the UK.
John said: “We’re so proud of the way our colleagues and customers have come together over the past two years to raise such significant funds for Macmillan.
“It’s a fantastic cause – close to the hearts of many of us at Argos – and raising £2 million simply wouldn’t have been possible without the unstoppable enthusiasm that we’ve seen along the way. “But it doesn’t stop here; we look forward to building on these efforts even further this year. We’re honoured to be able to make such a difference to people living with cancer across the UK.”
Natasha Parker, head of corporate partnerships at Macmillan Cancer Support, added: “We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Argos colleagues and customers for their continued support and dedication.
“This incredible amount will make a real difference for many people living with cancer and their families, who will benefit from the essential support that Macmillan nurses provide.
“In so many cases, Macmillan nurses ensure that ‘life with cancer’, can still be a life. We really can’t thank you enough.”