50% of our employees give to charity through our Payroll Giving scheme. This equates to over £14,500 given to over 180 charities each month. Over £650,000 has now been raised through the scheme since it was launched 6 years ago. #6yearsofgiving
In October 2015 a change in law meant we now have to charge 5p for a carrier bag. The monies raised from the carrier bag charge are donated to Together for Short Lives, which is a charity for children with life-shortening conditions. They aim to ensure these children have as fulfilling lives as possible, and the best care at the end of life. So far, a huge £280k has been raised since October 2015.
We launched Pennies, the digital charity box, in our stores 6 years ago. By the end of 2017 customers will have donated over £2m to 9 children's hospitals.
Each year The Entertainer tithes 10% of its profits to supporting Children's charities. Last financial year this equated to £914k.
£52,761.84 raised in July this year by The Entertainer staff taking part in the Big Cotswold Challenge, a fundraising event run by the Toy Trust. The money has gone to support children's charities that give the gift of play.
The Entertainer is a drop off location and partner for the Operation Christmas Child campaign. In 2016 we accepted over 157,000 shoes boxes from donors in our stores. We are on track for even more this Christmas. #Ipackshoeboxes
At our annual manager's conferences in May and September 2017 our Management team have raised over £3000 for Christian Aid to support the Bangladesh Flood Appeal and Samaritans Purse to support the Syrian refugees.
Through all of the charitable efforts The Entertainer supports, in our financial year of 2016/2017 we have given over £1.4 million to charity.