LEADING cancer charity Cancer Research UK has received a donation of nearly £15,000 from local business Innes England, which has supported the charity throughout 2015 through a busy calendar of fundraising events.
Chairman Robert Hartley and managing director of the firm Tim Garratt were given a special tour of the cancer research facility at The University of Nottingham this week (12 Jan), providing them with an insight into how the funds raised by the Innes England team help to support the charity’s vital research.
Throughout 2015, the teams at Innes England’s three offices (Derby, Nottingham and Leicester) took part in a number of fundraising events, including: a 75-mile bike ride, a squash tournament, the Pretty Muddy 5km race, a number of Race for Life events, and also a number of themed dress up and dress down days.
Tim said: “When we first selected Cancer Research UK as our charity of the year, we never imagined we would raise so much and we could not think of a better and more worthy cause than Cancer Research UK.
“Thanks to the support of our employees and clients we have raised a phenomenal amount of funds for a wonderful charity and we know it will be invaluable to its research. We would also like to thank the dedicated team at The University of Nottingham cancer research facility for guiding us on an informative and interesting tour, illustrating the impressive research the charity is funding.”
The University of Nottingham cancer research facility is in partnership with the NHS (Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham City Hospital and Royal Derby Hospital) and is committed to promoting research into the detection, causes and treatment of cancer.
Rebecca Elphick, local fundraising manager at Cancer Research UK, said: “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 presented the cheque for £14,751 alongside local fundraising group CRUK Special Events Committee at The University of Nottingham research facility.