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17/09/2008

Mitchells & Butlers celebrates with Barnardos

Mitchells & Butlers' relationship with its charity partner Barnardo's is coming to a close and the Company is celebrating donating nearly a quarter of a million pounds to the charity.

Mitchells & Butlers marked the end of the successful partnership by holding a thank you Teddy Bear's picnic at its headquarters in Fleet Street, Birmingham.  Staff fundraisers were treated to a special picnic lunch and the Barnardo's team were also on hand to say thank you.

Mitchells & Butlers selected Barnardo's as its corporate charity partner in  2005, by launching the ‘Routes to a Brighter Future' fundraising campaign. The Company has supported two Barnardo's projects in the Midlands - Dudley Community Routes in the West Midlands and the South West Birmingham Family Project, Bartley Green - and one project in Harrogate, Dr B's Restaurant and Coffee Shop.

Over the past three years, Mitchells & Butlers has donated £242,000 to the children's charity, of which Company employees have helped fundraise £100,000 by taking part in Barnardo's activities and events.  Staff have taken part in marathons, sponsored cycles, a firewalk and a dragon boat race. Most recently 120 Ember Inns managers raised an amazing £50,000 by taking part in the BUPA Capital Run.

Steve O'Connor, Barnardo's UK director of fundraising says: "Mitchells & Butlers and their staff have directly helped hundreds of vulnerable families to change their lives forever through a shared belief in children and young people and their incredible fundraising for Barnardo's local projects'

Mitchells & Butlers' director of communications, Kathryn Holland comments: "We are saying a fond farewell to Barnardo's and celebrating both an enjoyable and successful partnership.  Our staff have shown real enthusiasm and creativity in their support of Barnardo's over the last three years and should be very proud of the fundraising levels they have achieved."

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