PHILANTHROPIC professionals raised £5,000 for Nottingham charity Maggie’s at a fundraising lunch held last week (14 October) at iconic London landmark the House of Commons.
The event, sponsored by Innes England and legal firm Freeths, attracted over 60 guests who came along to show their support for Maggie’s – a charity that works to provide free, practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer, their families and friends.
Laura Grant, centre fundraising manager at Maggie’s, said: “We are so pleased to have raised an amazing £5,000 during our recent fundraising lunch. The support of Innes England and Freeths was invaluable as the event brought together businesses from across the UK to support the work of Maggie’s.
“Without fundraising activity, we would not be able to continue helping so many people affected by cancer in a safe and comfortable environment – which is at the heart of what we do. This lunch not only raised funds but also helped to raise awareness of the charity itself – informing people of how we can help anyone affected by cancer.”
The event was held in the Churchill Dining Room within the House of Commons – a grand space that commemorates Winston Churchill and showcases pieces of art created by the man himself.
Robert Hartley, manager director at Innes England, said: “As a firm we are proud to support Maggie’s, which has been our chosen charity of the year. This event was the ideal opportunity to bring our clients together in impressive surroundings to help this worthy cause.”
Heather Davies, partner at Freeths, added: “We are delighted to support Maggie’s – we all thoroughly enjoyed lunch at such a unique venue.”
MP John Hayes attended the event and gave a speech on the work of Maggie’s and generously donated a bottle of wine signed by himself and Prime Minister David Cameron to the raffle, which included prizes donated by attending businesses’ including Nottingham’s Paul Smith.
Maggie’s centres are built in the grounds of NHS cancer hospitals including Nottingham City Hospital, to provide places where professional staff are on hand to offer practical advice and emotional support, and a place to meet other people affected by cancer. The charity’s programme of support has been shown to improve the physical and emotional wellbeing of people with cancer and their families and friends.
The first Maggie’s centre opened in 1996 and, since then, Maggie’s has continued to grow with 17 centres at hospitals in the UK and abroad.
For further information about Maggies' Nottingham please visit: https://www.maggiescentres.org/our-centres/maggies-Nottingham/