Record breaking total raised for Action Cancer

Marks & Spencer were awarded first place at the 2015 Cares Shops' Challenge at a gala dinner at the Ramada Hotel in Belfast. Winning team members Kirstie Donaghey, Louise Moore, Hannah Fallis, Avril Loughlin, Imelda Smyth, Emma Shackels, Alan Kilgore picked up the award.
Marks & Spencer were awarded first place at the 2015 Cares Shops' Challenge at a gala dinner at the Ramada Hotel in Belfast. Winning team members Kirstie Donaghey, Louise Moore, Hannah Fallis, Avril Loughlin, Imelda Smyth, Emma Shackels, Alan Kilgore picked up the award.

Thirteen teams of business volunteers from a range of companies across Northern Ireland recently pitted their wits against one another to take on Business in the Community’s Care Shops’ Challenge in aid of Action Cancer, and so 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 – raised funds for six months ahead of taking over an Action Cancer shop for the day.

The overall winner was announced as Marks & Spencer at a Boardroom Showdown event at the Ramada Plaza Hotel on 9 October., 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,” said 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.”

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.”

If your company is interested in taking part in next year’s Cares Shops’ challenge, you should contact Hilary Hanberry on hilary.hanberry@bitcni.org.uk or call on 028 9046 0606.