Macmillan seeks 100 Welwyn Hatfield businesses to raise �1,000 each

THE latest phase of Macmillan Cancer Support’s centenary fundraising efforts is to try and get 100 businesses in Times Territory to raise �1,000 each.

Last week we reported how weird and wacky fundraising activities had been suggested by the charity, which has its Hertfordshire base in Welwyn.

And now Macmillan, backed by the WHT, hopes to recruit a century of local businesses to get involved in its 100th year.

Kerry Briars, the charity’s fundraising manager for Hertfordshire and Essex, said: “2011 is Macmillan Cancer Support’s 100th birthday and we are calling on all local companies to sign up for our business challenge, and help us reach our aim of reaching and improving the lives of everyone affected by cancer.

“If you think your company can raise �1,000 throughout the year then please sign up for the challenge.”

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She added: “Our local fundraising team will be there all the way to support you with your events and any materials you may need, so come on and join the birthday celebrations.”

One staunch supporter involved in Macmillan’s fundraising extravaganza is Japanese pharmaceutical firm Eisai.

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Macmillan is one of Eisai’s chosen corporate charities for a two-year period, which started in December last year.

And the charity was chosen by 600 “enthusiastic” employees at the firm.

It means that a third of all charitable funds raised by the company, based in Mosquito Way, Hatfield, will go to Macmillan.

Cressida Robson, director of the company’s European communications, said: “We ran the Macmillan coffee morning and had a cake baking competition, which was a great pleasure to judge.

“We then sold the cakes, raising around �1,000, and gave all of the money to Macmillan.

“We’re going continue to do many more activities for Macmillan and raise as much money as we can.

“Macmillan has undergone a transformation, it’s been really easy to work with them, and our employees have been really enthusiastic about raising money especially as they are a cancer charity.”

She added: “We’re really excited for the next year to do as much as we can for Macmillan.”

To get involved email Kerry at or call 01438 712012.

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