NI Civil Service teams raise £71k for Action Cancer

19 March 2015

Six teams of volunteers from across various departments from within the NI Civil Service competed against each in Business in the Community’s Cares Shops’ Challenge and raised an enormous £71,696 for Action Cancer.

Dr Malcolm McKibbin, Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service congratulated all the teams on their efforts saying: “The overall total of £71,696 is a tremendous achievement. I was delighted that we were able to partner Action Cancer and Business in the Community on this challenge which provided an opportunity to utilise the talents of our staff, build stronger links with the local community and make a real contribution to this very worthwhile charity supporting people affected by cancer. All the teams have showed what is possible through hard work, team work, innovation and enthusiasm. Once again I would like to congratulate and thank all six teams and in particular, Team Cookstown, which raised the highest level of funds since the inception of the Shops Challenge five years ago.”

“Raising money for Cancer Services is vital”, explains Business in the Community’s Volunteering Manager, Hilary Hanberry. “One in two of us will be affected by cancer in some shape or form and these funds will provide at least 1,000 more breast screenings for women in Northern Ireland in 2015. On top of the fundraising efforts, the teams are to be particularly congratulated for their awareness raising with colleagues, family and friends. The more we work to fight this disease together, the more successful we will be in having those we love most be with us longer. I am delighted with the results. The teams had a relatively short timeline, just six weeks but have beaten the 2012 result by almost £27,000.”

Action Cancer Chief Executive, Gareth Kirk adds: “Every pound raised makes a real difference to people across Northern Ireland. The funds raised through our shops go directly to supporting someone’s grandparent through their treatment, someone’s mother, daughter or aunt who is facing breast cancer, a dad who has just learned that he has prostate cancer, to name just a few. The money raised during this challenge will be used to directly benefit the people of Northern Ireland and we are delighted with the results.”