50th Anniversary Fundraising for CRUK
As part of our 50th Anniversary year, we wanted to put fundraising at the heart of our celebrations to help mark our milestone birthday. Our chosen charity for the year is Cancer Research UK; whose pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer has helped save millions of lives. Over the past 40 years survival has doubled, thanks to the great progress their research has made.
Financial Director, Alison Cook, explains our fundraising efforts; “We are very proud to have reached our 50th year and wanted to honour the memory of our founders, Bryan and Mary Mattock, who both sadly passed away in 2013 from cancer. We felt fundraising for Cancer Research UK would be a fitting tribute, in our 50th year, to their lifetime’s work and dedication, which built the foundations of our success. We have also had several staff members diagnosed with cancer in 2017, which has been a timely reminder of how cancer touches so many of our lives. Survival rates are increasing and progress is being made, so hopefully our fundraising will go a little way to helping with this ongoing research.”
Events have included staff’s individual efforts such as running the Lacock half marathon, as well as group fundraisers such as a 50 mile sponsored cycle ride, charity cycling event at Castle Combe Race Circuit, ‘Football shirt Friday’ a ‘no swearing day’, charity walk and a quiz night. As we head towards the close of our year of fundraising, our final fundraiser is our annual Christmas Jumper Day. Fundraising so far has exceeded £7000.00.
We are no strangers to fundraising, in 2015, the company spent a year fundraising for Dorothy House and raised over £6,500.00. Managing Director, Phil Dodd, added “We very much hope to replicate the previous success of our fundraising efforts during 2018. We are incredibly fortunate to have an amazing team of staff, fantastic customers and suppliers who have always supported us and we know will embrace our efforts again for this worthy cause. It is important to us as a company to be able to ‘give something back’ and for our anniversary year, supporting Cancer Research UK is an important goal.”