Team members from The Rank Group Plc, which owns Mecca Bingo and Grosvenor Casinos, are celebrating today after reaching an incredible fundraising milestone of £2,000,000 for deserving charity, Carers Trust. 

The partnership between Carers Trust and The Rank Group Plc first began in February 2014. Since then, employees nationwide have worked hard to raise as much money as possible by undertaking various charity initiatives and fundraising activities within local communities.  

In recognition of the hard work by Mecca team members to hit the fundraising total, the senior team from Mecca agreed to take on a final challenge, taking part in a bushtucker trial challenge, which included a menu of creepy crawlies, from critter cocktails, to mealworms and buffalo worms on a bed of lettuce sprinkled with dry cricket flour.  

Thanks to those who braved the critter challenge, and the relentless dedication of the teams and fantastic support from their customers nationwide, Rank Group has hit a fantastic £2m fundraising milestone for Carers Trust.

John O’Reilly, CEO of The Rank Group Plc, commented: “Carers Trust is an organisation that is close to the heart of many of our employees and it gives me a great sense of pride to know that collectively we have been able to make such a strong contribution to the charity.  

“Our teams have worked extremely hard throughout the course of the year to run charity fundraising activities to help us achieve this impressive milestone and without their dedication and the incredible support from the communities nationwide, such an achievement just wouldn’t have been possible. 

“We’re delighted to know that we have contributed in some way to the invaluable help the charity offers, and will continue our fundraising endeavours to ensure Carers Trust can carry on assisting the amazing unpaid carers who desperately need their support.”

Giles Meyer, Chief Executive of Carers Trust, said: “We are overwhelmed by the fundraising efforts of Grosvenor Casinos and Mecca Bingo. They have gone above and beyond once again and we’re delighted to continue our partnership. The reality is that three in five of us will become carers at some point in our lives, and with seven million carers in the UK already, staff’s fundraising plays a crucial part in providing the support carers desperately need.”

The funds raised will go towards Rank Cares Grant Funds which were set up to provide financial support to carers aged 16 and above. The aim of these funds is to help remove the barriers placed on a person by their caring role and reduce some of the stress and isolation that can come with caring. Five years into the partnership, the funds raised for Carers Trust the Rank Group has helped over 9,000 carers with essential equipment, much-needed breaks, the opportunity to learn new skills, and the chance to meet other socially isolated carers.