Thirteen Businesses Turn Retailers and Raise £113k

09 October 2015

Thirteen teams of business volunteers from a range of companies across Northern Ireland have pitted their wits against one another to take on Business in the Community’s Cares Shops’ Challenge in aid of Action Cancer and have raised a record breaking £113,464!

The companies Bangor Academy, Boots, BT, Cornmarket Insurance, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Fujitsu, Funeral Services, GE Energy, Genesis Crafty, Marks & Spencer, MJM Group, Northern Ireland Housing Executive and People 1st – fundraised for six months ahead of taking over an Action Cancer shop for the day on Thursday 17th September. The overall winner of the challenge was announced as Marks & Spencer at a Boardroom Showdown event at the Ramada Plaza Hotel on 9th October. This event was generously supported by All-Tex Recyclers who provided £10,000 in sponsorship.

“Now in its seventh year, the challenge is growing in size and impact every time we do it,” explains Hilary Hanberry, Volunteering Manager at Business in the Community; “as well as raising money, the companies involved also raised awareness within their workplaces of the detection, prevention and support services available from Action Cancer. The volunteers from the various businesses used their entrepreneurial skills, business acumen and years of collective experience to increase donations, footfall and sales at the various shops on the day of the challenge. This year saw an increase of nearly £20,000 from last year, the most successful challenge to date and we are all thrilled with the results.”

Paula McAuley, General Manager of All-Tex Recyclers Ltd said, “We were delighted to be able to support such a wonderful local charity that does so much to support local people affected by cancer. We were blown away by the fantastic effort put in by all the companies this year to achieve such an incredible total.”

Peter Lynch, Action Cancer’s Retail Manager adds: “Every pound raised makes a real difference to people across Northern Ireland. Since Action Cancer’s Big Bus went on the road in 2006 we have provided over 32,000 breast screenings and 18,000 M.O.T. health checks which take place on board the bus itself. 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 help people here in Northern Ireland and we are indebted to the businesses involved in the challenge for raising such an impressive sum of money.”

If your company is interested in taking part in next year’s Cares Shops’ challenge, contact Hilary Hanberry on [email protected] or call 028 9046 0606.