In 2013 employees chose Macmillan as our first employee chosen charity partner.We made an ambitious commitment to raise £500,000 to provide fuel grants for people living with cancer.
During year one we walked, swam, cycled, lifted pylons and ate cake, raising an amazing £290,182.
In year two we have a programme of events that will challenge employees to go further and we’re confident that we will hit our target.
We’re fundraising to provide emergency fuel grants for over 2,500 people who are living with cancer, so that they can afford to switch the heating on when they really need it. Keeping warm without the worry is vital to a cancer sufferer, especially whilst they are undergoing treatment.
It’s our aim to provide Macmillan with a total of £500,000 over the two years of the partnership, and we firmly believe that the best way to achieve this bold target is through a calendar of diverse fundraising events, creating a community of Macmillan Champions, and giving you the tools and support to successfully deliver your own activities.
We have an exciting calendar of activity that includes the well known fundraising days such as Macmillan Coffee morning and ‘Really good night in’, however we want to actively encourage you to create your own events, and along with Macmillan will offer you the support and tools to do so.
We also want to help you celebrate the success of your events and have created a fundraising capture form for you to fill in and send to the Community Helpline before your event takes place. This will help us to understand where in the UK activity is taking place.
We are also working with the Health and Wellbeing team to create fundraising activities that promote wellbeing such as the 3 Peaks Challenge. Details will be available soon.
Over 100,000 people of working age are being diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK and it is important that we are able to support our colleagues who are affected by cancer.
This may mean managing a team member who has been diagnosed or undergoing cancer treatment through to providing support to a colleague or colleagues that are affected by the effects of cancer.
Our Health and Wellbeing team are actively engaged in reviewing the guidance and education that is available to our colleagues, as well as ensuring that managers and leaders have the necessary knowledge to enable them to appropriately provide support to their colleagues who are diagnosed with and also affected by cancer.