Each year, our Board of Shareholders nominate a charity for our team to support.
Supporting local charities
Last year, we raised over £17,000 for Alex's Wish through a series of fundraising activities involving our staff, partners and affiliates.
During 2020/21, we have selected two charities to support: Motor Neurone Disease Association and Teenage Cancer Trust, Nottingham.
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association
The Motor Neurone Disease Association is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on improving care, research and campaigning. They have over 9,000 members forming a powerful network that provides information and support for people with MND, their families and carers. They fund and promote research that leads to new understanding and treatments and brings us closer to a cure. They campaign and raise awareness so the needs of people with MND are recognised and addressed by wider society.
MND is a fatal, rapidly progressing neurological condition affecting up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time. The disease causes messages from nerves (motor neurones) in the brain and spinal cord that control movement to gradually stop reaching the muscles, leading them to weaken, stiffen and waste.
Teenage Cancer Trust, Nottingham
Teenage Cancer Trust is dedicated to making sure every young person facing cancer gets specialised nursing care and support, which puts them in the best possible place, physically, mentally and emotionally, for their cancer treatment and beyond.
Their 28 specialist units in hospitals across the UK are staffed by specialist nurses and other professionals, who all know how to treat young people as an individual first and a cancer patient second. They also support young people in other hospitals and in their own homes.
More than 2,000 young people aged 13-24 are diagnosed with cancer in the UK every year.
Even with family and health professionals around them, young people facing cancer may find themselves feeling isolated, scared and alone.
How we are supporting the charities
Throughout the year we will raise funds through a variety of charity events (digital or socially-distanced as appropriate) to generate vital funds that will help the charities continue their fantastic work supporting even more people.