The hotly-anticipated Pret Christmas menu is now available across the UK, and the 999 Club is one of 5 charities chosen to feature on Pret’s sandwich and salad boxes, as well as on Pret’s website and social media channels.
The 999 Club receives annual funding from Pret’s charity arm, the Pret Foundation Trust (PFT).
The PFT supports hundreds of homeless shelters and organisations around the UK every year through nightly food donations, funding support, and through its Apprenticeship Scheme; a programme designed to help homeless people and ex-offenders back into work.
Money is raised, in part, through donations from select products sold throughout the year, with donations increasing significantly over Christmas. This year, 50p from every sandwich and baguette sold from Pret’s Christmas range will be donated to the PFT to support its charity partners, including the 999 Club.
Pret’s two million weekly customers will have the opportunity to learn about the five charities every time they purchase a sandwich, baguette or salad between now and the New Year.
Peter Wood, Chief Executive of the 999 Club, said, “We are delighted to be one of Pret’s chosen partners in this campaign to raise awareness of the plight of homeless people”.
The 999 Club provides stability, encouragement and expertise to enable people to overcome the issues that led to their homelessness, or have put them at risk of losing their accommodation. They support people in gaining the confidence and skills needed to make changes in their lives.
Nicki Fisher, Head of the Pret Foundation Trust said, “The Pret Foundation Trust raised an incredible £1.5m for our charity partners last year, and this year we’re hoping to beat that figure again. Donations from our Christmas products play a huge part in this.”
“This year’s ‘A Little Thank You’ campaign is our chance to connect our customers to some of the organisations they support every time they buy one of our soups throughout the year, or our sandwiches at Christmas. Whether knowingly or not, they’re making a huge difference to the lives of people who need it most.”