Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer (Cancer Research UK).
It’s a shocking statistic, and unfortunately one that is known too well at Shire Leasing, where members of our Shire family are currently battling cancer. But it’s never a battle that is faced alone, as colleagues, friends and family all unite together to do what they can to support their loved ones.
Macmillan Cancer Support is a British charity that provides specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer. This charity was selected by Shire Leasing as one we would support in our 2018 CSR efforts, and with individuals close to us that are currently being supported by this charity, the decision was made to hold extra fundraising events.
The first Macmillan charity day was held on August 24th 2018, where the Shire Business Group took part in a dress down and donation day. As this charity day was requested by a member of staff currently under care of Macmillan nurses, all donations were TRIPLED by Shire Leasing and the total result was an amazing £1,539.93.
The second fundraising event came on 21st September, where a ‘Bake or Fake’ cake sale and coffee morning was held, in line with our “Time to Talk” days. Employees really showed off their creativity, with a variety of delicious cakes and £412.29 was raised by Shire employees. When doubled by Shire Leasing, the total sum for the day’s efforts were £824.58.
The final Macmillan fundraising event was led by Stuart Childs (End of Lease) who ‘Braved the Shave’. He said, “To raise further awareness and money for this month’s charity day, I decided to brave the shave! With cancer affecting so many people’s lives and people I know personally, this is a charity close to my heart and I feel this is a good way for me to contribute”.
Stuart was joined by Luke Barber (Forensics), and the duo raised a brilliant £284.50(as of 02.10.18) from employee and external donations made to Stuart’s JustGiving page.
Well done to everybody involved, and thank you to all those who helped to raise funds. To find out more about what the charity does and who you can help, visit the Macmillan Cancer Support website.