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Ridgeons kicks off second year of fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support
Published:  20 June, 2016

Ridgeons is delighted to have kickstarted the second year of fundraising for its 2015-2017 elected charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.

Having raised over £15,000 within the first year of the partnership, the timber and builders’ merchant has a packed calendar of fundraising events that will be taking place across its 26 branches in the East of England.

An initial target of £20,000 was set for the two-year partnership and Ridgeons now looks to exceed this throughout the year by hosting events such as quiz nights, branch coffee mornings, Go Green Week and a festive Merry Macmillan Week.

In addition to corporate fundraising events, Ridgeons has also set up a corporate ‘Just Giving’ page to encourage employees to fundraise for Macmillan Cancer Support in any individual charity events that they may be taking part in.

Macmillan Cancer Support provides comfort, guidance and specialist healthcare to people affected by cancer. The money raised so far by Ridgeons could fund a Macmillan nurse for approximately three months. Macmillan nurses help people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support. It could also be used to pay a Macmillan cancer information and support specialist for approximately five months. This service allows people affected by cancer to have someone to talk to about their concerns and answer any questions they may have.

Ridgeon Group PR director, Gordon Ridgeon said: “We are thrilled by the total raised for Macmillan Cancer Support throughout 2015. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all Ridgeons employees for their outstanding efforts to reach this milestone. Together we are now determined to surpass our two-year target for a worthwhile cause that affects so many.”

Jordan Russell, fundraising manager in Cambridgeshire for Macmillan Cancer Support, added: “We are absolutely delighted with the amount of money Ridgeons has raised so far. We really appreciate all of their hard work and effort. We’re very excited for all of the events they have planned this year and look forward to continuing our partnership with them. Their fundraising is going to make such a different to those affected by cancer.”