Rank Group Increases Pledge To Carers Trust

Since expanding its relationship with Carers Trust into 2021, the Rank Group has increased its pledge to support unpaid carers around the UK.

Rank colleagues and clients have raised £ 2.6 million for the organisation since its launch more than six years ago in February 2014, with the funds raised helping more than 12,000 unpaid carers.

Level workers have raised over £ 300,000 over the last 12 months. Meccabingo.com has also raised its donation to Carers Trust, collecting over £77,500 as of April 2020.

John O’Reilly, chief executive of the rank said: “I am really pleased with the fantastic support that Rank’s colleagues and customers have shown Carers Trust over the last year. It’s extraordinary to see that, despite the difficulties we’ve faced over the last five months with our Mecca and Grosvenor venues closed and over 7,000 colleagues having to be on furlough, we have continued with our efforts to raise money and have now topped £300,000 this year. This is an outstanding amount of which everyone should be very proud.

“There has never been a more important time to be raising money to support carers and the amazing work of the Carers Trust. We are committed to continuing this high level of support with our colleagues across the Group inventing ever more ingenious ways of raising money for this marvellous charity.

“Thank you to all our colleagues and our customers for your amazing efforts and long may it continue.”

Funds collected by the Rank Group is used to provide assistance to unpaid caregivers who provide round-the-clock treatment to their family members with long-term illness, disabilities, impaired mental health or drug abuse.

It provides additional funds for important household goods, as well as financing hospital visits that would not have been feasible otherwise.

Rank also pledged its Ipswich Town FC sponsorship for the 2020/21 season to the charity earlier this year.

Welcoming the extension of the relationship to Level, Gareth Howells, CEO of Carers Trust said: “This is fantastic news for Carers Trust and all the unpaid carers across the UK we are working with to make their caring responsibilities more manageable. On behalf of those unpaid carers, and everyone at Carers Trust, I’d like to offer our heartfelt thanks to Rank’s employees and customers for all their generosity and tireless commitment to going the extra mile to support unpaid carers.

“And coming as it does within the context of a global pandemic and an increasingly challenging funding environment, today’s announcement could not be more timely. Such sustained support for unpaid carers is also particularly important given the UK’s ageing population and the increasing pressure being put on health and social care budgets.”