Paying the profits back: Boozy Cow hands £210k to charities

It’s another example of how charities can benefit from people eating and drinking well.

The Boozy Cow group, developed by philanthropist Garreth Wood, has once again given away all its profits from last year to good causes – more than £210,000. It is the second year that Boozy Cow donated its profits to charity, with almost £500,000 passed on to date.

Garreth said the £210,000 in profits in the year to October 2016 would be shared among CHAS, the Archie Foundation, the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative in Edinburgh, and the STV Children’s Appeal.

With a focus on supporting local charities, money will also go to the Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund, Stirling Carers Centre, PLUS Stirling and Start-Up Stirling after a Boozy Cow restaurant opened in the city’s King Street in September last year.

Garreth said: “We work very hard throughout the year to make our units as profitable as possible and we remain committed to giving 100% of our profits back to the local communities by directly supporting charities in the local areas. I am very proud of my team who work tirelessly to achieve this, and would like to thank our loyal customers who help to make this happen.”

Gordon Brown, from the Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund, which seeks to build a respite home for children with cancer and their families, said: “When we heard we were chosen by Boozy Cow Stirling it was a huge boost to our charity, not only were the financial benefits a massive boost but it has also helped us spread the word on what we are trying to achieve. We think what you guys are doing is just tremendous and we cannot thank you enough.”

News of the latest windfall comes as Boozy Cow announced funding partnerships with an additional five new charities in the north-east, tieing in with today’s opening of their refurbished Aberdeen restaurant.

Profits generated during the business’s current financial year will be going to Charlie House, Cash For Kids, Cornerstone, Grampian Autistic Society and Aberdeen Cyrenians.

Lisa Duthie, director of corporate relations and fundraising at Cornerstone, which provides care and support services for people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and other support needs, said: “Everyone at Cornerstone is delighted that we are working in partnership with the team at the Boozy Cow.

“We have already benefitted from some of their team volunteering at one of our fundraising events and we look forward to spending any monies raised to help the people that Cornerstone supports to enjoy a valued life. However, the value of this partnership goes beyond a monetary donation. Working alongside people who share our values and are as passionate as us about what we do is genuinely priceless.”

Garreth added: “We are delighted to make further commitments to our charitable partners in this financial year, even in a challenging Aberdeen economic climate.

“We are achieving steady growth and are expecting the profits to rise with the opening of new sites, starting with the addition of a Dundee site next month. We are very proud to have given away almost £500,000 in the first two years since launching The Boozy Cow.”

Boozy Cow opened in 2014 in Aberdeen, with venues in Edinburgh and Stirling following soon after. As part of its growth plans, the group has recently appointed a new executive chef, Stuart Wilson, formerly development chef at BrewDog, and well known Glasgow restaurateur Ryan Barrie as operations manager.

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