Innes England announces Cancer Research UK as charity of the year and 75 mile cycle challenge

  • Ben Taylor, Tim Garratt, Steve Holland, Matt Hannah and Craig Straw 
  • Innes England is fundraising for CRUK in a charity ride from Nottingham to Skegness  

LEADING cancer charity Cancer Research UK has been chosen by Innes England as its charity of the year and the commercial agent already has a busy calendar of fundraising events planned for 2015, including a challenging bike ride.

Fifteen dedicated cyclists from the firm will take part in the ride, taking place on the 6 June. Setting off from Nottingham city centre, the team will head east and complete the ride in Skegness where the team will celebrate with the town’s famous fish and chips.

Matthew Hannah, a director at Innes England said: “I’m delighted so many of the team have signed up for demanding ride. It will be a great team challenge for a very deserving charity.”

Earlier this month, the firm raised over £400 for Cancer Research UK during its ‘Easter Challenge’ which included a competition between the firm’s three offices (Derby, Nottingham and Leicester) to have the best Easter-themed decorated office and the best fancy-dressed staff. Cake sales and raffles also helped to raise funds.

Rebecca Elphick, local fundraising manager at Cancer Research UK, said: “We are thrilled to be Innes England’s charity of the year and I look forward to hearing how the team tackles what are a number of fun yet physically demanding sporting events. 

“Cancer Research UK’s vision is to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured. In the 1970s, less than a quarter of people with cancer survived. But over the last 40 years, survival has doubled – today half will survive. Cancer Research UK’s aim is to accelerate progress and see three-quarters of people surviving the disease within the next 20 years. However, it is only thanks to Cancer Research UK’s supporters, like Innes England, that this will be achieved.”

Innes England has already committed to organising a number of fundraising events throughout the first half of this year including monthly dress-down days, a business squash tournament and a staff sports day, in addition to pre-organised events such as Pretty Muddy in Leicestershire, regional Race for Life events and Relay Angels in Derby. More events will be added later in the year – all with the aim of building up its overall fundraising barometer.

Tim Garratt, managing director at Innes England, said: “Cancer Research UK undertakes vital work and we are proud to support the charity. I hope everyone digs deeps to support our efforts throughout the year.”

If you would like to support Cancer Research UK via Innes England’s efforts please visit the team’s Just Giving page

The charity squash tournament is being organised jointly by Innes England and Smith Cooper on Friday 15 May at Nottingham Squash Rackets Club (NSRC) aimed at players of all levels to raise money and enjoy an active afternoon of networking. To take part, please contact Nick Hargreaves at