Compass Group UK and Ireland has raised £1.5m in support of Cancer Research UK (CRUK) during its sixth year of partnership with the charity.
The food and support services specialist passed the £1.5m fundraising milestone during Magical May, the Compass-wide initiative which challenges each of its 10,000 units to raise £100 for CRUK during the month. Each year thousands of colleagues take part in locally planned fundraising activities including bake sales, quizzes, fancy dress, raffles and car washes.
Compass added more than £10,000 to this fundraising total in June at its annual Wimbledon Charity Ball. Held on the middle Sunday of The Championships at The Gatsby Club, Compass’ Keith Prowse team provided hospitality for 450 guests who enjoyed a three-course meal designed by renowned chef Albert Roux, before a charity auction.
Internally, over the past year Compass promoted the ‘Let’s Walk all over Cancer’ campaign at individual, team and sector level to encourage more active lifestyles while raising funds at the same time. Medirest, Compass’ Healthcare business, recently completed two city walks in London and Leeds involving 190 participants and raising over £16,000.
“I am incredibly proud that Compass colleagues have raised £1.5m to support the important work of Cancer Research UK,” said Compass Group UK and Ireland’s Managing Director, Dennis Hogan. “This is a great way to mark our successful six year partnership. I would like to thank every single person who has helped raise money for this extremely worthwhile cause and we’ll continue our journey to the next milestone – £2m.”
The £1.5m raised by Compass Group UK and Ireland equates to running alaboratory at the Cancer Research UK London Research Institute for 18 months.
Harpal Kumar, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Executive Board at Cancer Research UK said: “We would like to thank everyone at Compass Group for their amazing fundraising efforts throughout the past six years of our partnership. We have seen some of the most innovative fundraising initiatives across the company and have been proud to work in partnership. Cancer Research UK receives no Government funding so the funds raised from companies like Compass Group are invaluable to our life saving research.
“It is because of partners like Compass Group that we believe we can beat cancer sooner, so our thank you goes to everyone who has been part of this so far and I look forward to what I am sure will be a successful next stage in the partnership,” he added.
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