Wednesday, 24 February 2021 09:06

£250,000 local charity boost from Garreth Wood’s Boozy Cow

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Five Scottish charities are to take home a share of more than a quarter of a million pounds thanks to the Boozy Cow restaurants, run by Garreth Wood’s Speratus Group.

The philanthropist is today announcing donations of £263,000 from his Aberdeen and Edinburgh based restaurants, The Boozy Cow, which will be donated to their five partner charities of choice: ARCHIE Foundation, VSA, CHAS, STV Children's Appeal and Youth & Philanthropy Initiative, Edinburgh.

The Speratus Group launched the initiative, #fromMoo2U, last June, committing all annual profits from the restaurants to charities and is confident that, by the end of 2018’s financial year, the combined donations to charity on an annual basis will be more than £1million.

The Group is in the final stages of acquiring new premises for a Boozy Cow in Stirling and is making advances in securing premises in Dundee, both due to open later this year. In addition, and following the first year’s success, the Aberdeen Boozy Cow is planning to expand to larger premises in late Spring. The Speratus Group plans to open two new restaurants of this kind every year, over the next five years, in both Scotland and England, with Glasgow, Perth, Newcastle and London being considered.

Garreth said: “Our concept is very simple! Every single penny of profit from each Boozy Cow restaurant will go to registered charities.

“At Speratus, we are extremely proud of the Boozy Cow concept and clearly our customers agree. Their loyalty has enabled us to announce a healthy profit from two restaurants, one of which has only been operating for 7 months.

“Our incredible staff and the wider team have been blown away by our customer engagement and I want to thank each and every one of them for their support. We encourage our loyal customers to continue to support, eat and drink at all our Boozy Cow restaurants, so we can continue to open new venues across the country.

“Life is a careful balance between what you do for yourself, and what you do for others, and to finally share this profit with our partner charities, has been something of a dream for the Group and for me personally”

Speratus is Latin for 'hope' and Garreth explained that his Group has a real social conscience. He said: “If through business, we can go some way to tackle social problems, improve communities, people’s life chances or their environment then it has all been worth it.

“We are doing something truly exceptional with the Boozy Cow concept and we look forward to opening more restaurants to increase next year’s total.”

The first beneficiaries from the profits of the Boozy Cows in Aberdeen and Edinburgh are -CHAS (Children’s Hospice Association Scotland) in Edinburgh; the ARCHIE Foundation which provides extra facilities to sick children and their families in Highlands and Islands, Grampian and the Northern Isles and Tayside; YPI Edinburgh (Youth Philanthropy Initiative Scotland); VSA - Aberdeen’s major social care charity; and the STV Children’s Appeal.

Maria McGill, chief executive at CHAS, said on the news of the £70,000 share of the profits, “We are absolutely thrilled that our partnership with the Boozy Cow has raised such an incredible amount for CHAS. This generous gift will be used to help pay for important work at Robin House, our hospice in Balloch for babies, children and young people. This work will include the creation of a new play space and teenage den and will mean that we can continue to offer the same level of care and support for the hundreds of children and their families who we look after every year at Robin House. We are so pleased that the Boozy Cow has chosen to work with CHAS, and very much look forward to continuing working with Garreth and his team in 2016”.

David Cunningham, Chief Executive of The ARCHIE Foundation, comments on the £70,000 slice of Boozy Cows profits to support the charity’s ‘High 10’ for ARCHIE 10th anniversary appeal for Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, said, “This investment in our work with sick children is incredible and will make a huge difference. In many ways, this is a game-changer for our charitable work as Garreth has not just given a gift; he has created an amazing business to support good causes. He has created a sustainable model for charities like ours that gives us confidence to develop and grow what we do. This gift from everyone at the Boozy Cow will be used in the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital to support some of the most poorly children from across the North of Scotland. It will help transform the care given to local children when they need it the most”.

Dr.Kenneth Simpson, Chief Executive of VSA, the North East of Scotland's leading Social Care Charity said of the £33,000 donation, "Garreth Wood has been a long-time supporter of VSA and this continued fundraising from The Boozy Cow profits will help us to provide services to many vulnerable people in our community. The cash will go towards our Friends For Life Clubs, which provide opportunities for children and young adults with additional support needs. These services are solely funded from voluntary contributions from the community”.

Sir Tom Hunter, trustee of the STV Children’s Appeal, said: “We are thrilled that this fantastic initiative has raised an incredible £40,000 for the STV Children's Appeal in just seven months. By dining at The Boozy Cow, customers have helped make a real difference to the lives of children and young people affected by poverty in Scotland. We greatly appreciate Garreth Wood's commitment to this hugely important cause and to our continued partnership.

"In its first five years the Appeal has raised £11 million, allowing us to make 476 awards to projects right across Scotland and provide much needed support to over 59,000 children.”

For further information visit, follow on Facebook, Twitter @TheBoozyCow and #FromMoo2U

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