More than 1,000 members of staff take part in fundraising campaign.

H&T Panwbrokers has this summer raised more than £20,000 for Cancer Research UK, taking part in a nationwide inter-store baton relay, cake sales, family days and Come Dine With Me-style competitions.

More than 1,000 members of staff from 185 H&T stores got involved in the business’ summer of "fun and fatigue", with chief executive officer John Nichols describing his staff as enthusiastic.


He added: "We are delighted to announce that we have exceeded our original fundraising target of £20,000 for Cancer Research UK, and we hope that this contribution will help to support the charity’s aim of beating cancer sooner."

Among the events led by H&T was a nationwide baton relay, with staff running, jumping, cycling and dancing between H&T stores, while other premises held bake-offs, fancy dress and themed family fun days, quizzes and bric-a-brac sales.

Carol Pezzella from the Volunteer Fundraising team at Cancer Research UK said of H&T’s efforts: "The H&T team demonstrated such passion for their fundraising and we’re extremely grateful for the time and effort invested by every member of staff. Every step we make towards beating cancer sooner relies on every pound donated, so we’d like to thank everyone at H&T Pawnbrokers for their support. All funds raised will go towards the charity’s research to beat over 200 types of cancer, helping to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured."

In June this year, H&T launched a new jewellery retail concept named Est1897 Discount Secondhand Jewellery, pushing sales of pre-owned jewellery on the high street through more than 35 redeveloped stores.

H&T re-branded a number of existing shops to differentiate Est1897 from the mainline H&T Pawnbroker branches. The focus on pre-owned jewellery and watches follows growth in this sector for H&T, which held fast against the decline in gold price that negatively impacted its rival Albemarle & Bond in 2013.