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The Screwfix Foundation raises £10m since launch

Donations have increased by more than 2,000% from 2012 to 2022, with £4.6m being raised for Pennies, the digital charity box

Kingfisher has revealed that Screwfix’s customers and colleagues have raised £10m for The Screwfix Foundation since launching in 2013, in a bid to support charities and non-profit organisations across the UK.

Through the company’s partnership with micro-donation charity Pennies, The Screwfix Foundation has received more than 29 million micro-donations from customers rounding up their online orders, raising over £4.6m for charity.

Kingfisher said that approximately 100,000 micro-donations are made each week on average through Pennies. In 2021 alone, customer donations made through Pennies reportedly raised over £1.25m for charity.

In addition to supporting local communities, a proportion of the funds are donated to its charity partner, Macmillan Cancer Support, with over half a million pounds donated to date.

In 2021, The Screwfix Foundation fully funded almost all of the grants made by Macmillan Cancer Support for home improvements. These are one-off, means-tested payments towards home improvements for those affected by cancer. 

The funding supported applications from 592 households for home improvements, including shower and bathroom adaptions, new flooring, decoration, or installing stairlifts.

John Mewett, Screwfix chief executive and trustee of The Screwfix Foundation, said: “It is an incredible privilege to provide grants to thousands of charities and not-for-profit organisations in need across the UK and it wouldn’t be possible without the support of our customers and colleagues. 

“To have raised over £10m in under 10 years is a phenomenal achievement and I would like to say a big thank you to those who have kindly donated and supported, whether that’s through fundraising activities or rounding up your online order.”

Macmillan Cancer Support added: “Having a comfortable home environment with any necessary adaptations is hugely important while undergoing cancer treatment. The grants made by The Screwfix Foundation are making a big difference to the quality of life of people living with cancer and we’d like to say a huge thank you to Screwfix.”

Alison Hutchinson CBE, Pennies CEO, said: “Pennies has partnered with Screwfix for more than 10 years, and in that time customers have blown us away with their generosity.

“Just two days of micro-donations from Screwfix customers could help a local charity in the community improve their facilities, through a grant from the Screwfix Foundation. Thank you for every micro-donation, they really do matter.”

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