The Entertainer Payroll Giving scheme raises £1m

Major milestone for toy retailer’s employee charity initiative, where donations from their pay packets are matched

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 10.07.2019 | Retail

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Employees at The Entertainer have helped to raise an incredible £1 million for charity through Payroll Giving, an initiative launched by the company in 2011 to make it easier for employees to make donations directly through their pay packets.

Over half of all employees at The Entertainer are now giving regularly to over 200 different charities in the UK from their pay. The company matches every donation pound for pound, with employees new to the scheme also enjoying an additional £25 for their chosen charity when they first sign up.

As a result of having over half of the total workforce giving regularly from their pay, The Entertainer has also, for the second year running, been awarded a Diamond level Payroll Giving Quality Mark in celebration of its ongoing success in engaging employees in the initiative.

Gary Grant, Founder and Chairman of The Entertainer comments: “Giving back is at the heart of The Entertainer which is why each year we donate 10% of our profits to a number of children’s charities and organisations.

“We also encourage all our employees to support a charity of their choice in whatever way they can, with The Entertainer matching each donation. We are absolutely delighted that the total raised has now reached £1million and we couldn’t be prouder of our caring and generous team.”

Amit Aggarwal, Director of Corporate Partnerships at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, one of the charities benefitting, says: “The money raised through payroll giving by the employees of The Entertainer, and generously matched by the company, will make a huge difference to the lives of seriously ill children who come to Great Ormond Street Hospital from across the UK for specialist care and treatment.

“Regular donations such as those provided by payroll giving help charities plan ahead for how we can best support our beneficiaries, and we are incredibly grateful for every single contribution.”

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