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Mitchells & Butlers celebrates new charity partnership with Marie Curie Cancer Care

Mitchells & Butlers is delighted to announce a new charity partnership with Marie Curie Cancer Care.  In addition to staff fundraising, the Company has pledged a £25,000 donation to the charity.

Marie Curie Cancer Care provides high quality nursing care for people with cancer and other terminal illnesses, giving them the choice to spend their final days in their own homes, in familiar surroundings and supported by their families.  Working in communities across the UK - from remote Scottish islands through villages and towns to our biggest cities - Marie Curie Nurses care for around half of all cancer patients who die at home. This year the charity will care for approximately 25,000 terminally ill patients in the community and in their hospices.

Mitchells & Butlers' new partnership with Marie Curie Cancer Care is part of its wider community charity programme. Providing a Marie Curie Nurse in a patient's home for one hour costs £20 so Mitchells & Butlers' £25,000 donation will pay for 1,250 valuable nursing hours nationally.  In addition, this donation will be boosted over the next 12 months with a programme of employee fundraising events and initiatives.

Nick Owen, BBC Midlands Today newsreader and Marie Curie Cancer Care supporter, helped launch the partnership at Mitchells & Butlers' head office in Birmingham.   Nick saw staff take part in their first fundraising event for the charity, which included a raffle to help raise funds towards the head office fundraising target of £10,000.

Mitchells & Butlers' HR director Chris Edger, who announced the partnership, said: "We're looking forward to working with Marie Curie Cancer Care and, in particular, supporting the provision of nursing hours across the UK. Mitchells & Butlers pubs are at the heart of hundreds of communities throughout the country and we're committed to giving something back to those communities.  By working together, we can help to ensure that Marie Curie Cancer Care continues to provide this invaluable care and support to thousands of people each year."

Sandra Osborne, Director of Fundraising at Marie Curie Cancer Care, explains: "The generous support of Mitchells & Butlers and their staff will help Marie Curie Cancer Care provide nursing care at home for terminally ill patients and support for their families. Most people would want to die at home if they were terminally ill and Marie Curie Nurses enable them to do this - to be where they want to be, surrounded by the people and things they love. We're looking forward to an exciting year of fundraising ahead."


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