Unilever UK and its much-loved tea and ice cream brands will refresh 10,000 guests at Sunday’s Patron’s Lunch. 160 dedicated Unilever volunteers will serve the nation’s favourite tea, PG Tips and treat taste buds to a Wall’s ice cream, whether an indulgent Magnum, a classic Cornetto, kids favourite Twister or delicious dairy free Swedish Glace.
Guests, who will be given a commemorative PG tips teacup and saucer will receive ice cream from I’m Wall’s Entrepreneurs on original heritage tricycles. I’m Wall’s is a Unilever initiative that provides a summer training programme with a focus on 18-24 year-olds, to become ‘micro-entrepreneurs’ who run their own mobile ice cream business. Globally, Unilever’s ambition is to reach 100,000 people with this opportunity by 2020, with 1,000 delivered in the UK. The London programme delivers a qualification as well as invaluable retail sales, marketing and financial skills training and career-boosting experience.
Today’s lunch guests include 15 competition winners from the . Supported by Unilever, this programme aims to create the next generation of volunteers dedicated to making positive contributions to their communities and wider society and has reached 375,000 young people in 1,800 schools.
Commenting on the day Peter Phillips, Chairman of The Patron’s Lunch Events Ltd says: “No truly British street party would be complete without a cup of tea and ice cream, and thanks to Unilever, PG tips and Wall’s, every guest on The Mall on Sunday will have both in abundance. Unilever have also been doing some great work with The Mirror to encourage people around the country to throw their own street parties and lunches, which is truly reflective of what we as The Patron’s Lunch have always looked to achieve.”
Gina Boswell, General Manager, Unilever UK & Ireland adds: “Her Majesty The Queen at 90 years young is an inspiration to us all, working tirelessly to help create a brighter future right across Britain and the Commonwealth including through Her patronage of the charities being honoured today.”
“Beyond the wonderful lunch on The Mall, one of the key aims of The Patron’s Lunch is to bring people and communities closer together in a moment of celebration right across the UK. Serving the community has been at the heart of Unilever’s values throughout our history and we are extremely proud to be championing this occasion with PG Tips tea and Wall’s ice cream.
“These two brands stand alongside a large number of our best-loved British brands, seven* of which proudly carry the Royal Warrant,” adds Gina.
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- *Marmite, Knorr and Comfort, join brands Persil, Stork, Colman’s and Hellmann’s – all proud to be granted a continuation of their existing Royal Warrants A highly sought-after privilege, the Royal Warrant recognises individuals or companies which have supplied goods or services to the Royal Family for at least five years. Holders are required to demonstrate that they have an effective environmental and sustainability policy and action plan. The recognition also has the advantage of boosting the export market where brands bearing the Royal Warrant are highly valued in the Far East, USA, China and the Commonwealth.
- ‘Unilever presents a royal celebration’ will appear on the big screen – the film captures the feelings of some ladies who warmly reminisce on street parties over Her Majesty’s reign and presents Unilever as proud to support street parties for over 90 years.
- To find out more about Team London, the Mayor of London's volunteering programme, visit https://www.london.gov.uk/what-we-do/volunteering.
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