IT company Telindus Limited has completely smashed its original £10,000 fundraising target for its bike ride back in June, raising a staggering £23,837 for Macmillan Cancer Support. The bike ride from Camberley to Brussels saw 20 riders and a team of 4 support staff from the company take part and complete the 256 journey in 4 days.
The bike ride had been the hare brain scheme of employee Paul Sweeney who aged 49, was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2009 and is now in remission. Two other former cancer patients and Telindus employees, Client Director Kevin Mott and Network Consultant Mark Barrett, also joined the riders.
The bike ride was well supported amongst Telindus staff, with members giving sponsorship but also organising bake sales and collections to help raise vital funds. As well as the bike ride, Ian Robertson, Business Development Manager at the Camberley based company, took on a personal challenge and completed an Iron Man Triathlon in the Highlands of Scotland. Ian raised a further £630, bringing the company’s total to a staggering £24,465 including gift aid.
Telindus Solutions Architect, Paul Sweeny said: “We couldn’t be happier with the way employees, clients and suppliers rallied round to support our challenge. The support has been overwhelming and we are so pleased with the total fundraising amount. It has completely exceeded our expectations. We have never done anything like this before, so to see how it has all come together has been a really fabulous experience. Macmillan do a brilliant job of supporting people with cancer and we are only too pleased to have helped.”
Macmillan Cancer Support provides vital emotional, practical, financial and medical support to people living with cancer and their families. In Surrey last year for example, Macmillan gave over £91,000 in financial grants to 351 cancer patients who were struggling financially as a result of their cancer. The grants paid for necessities such as heating, treatment fares, beds and clothing.
Helene Poursain, Surrey Fundraising Manager states: “It has been such a pleasure working with Telindus and to see so many people rallying for a great cause. We are so grateful for their hard work and fundraising efforts, it really has been incredible. With 98% of our money coming from the generosity of our supporters, the money Telindus has raised will make a huge difference and allow Macmillan to continue ensuring that no one faces cancer alone. Thank you to everyone who got involved.”
Judith Finch, Telindus’ Marketing Communications Manager said: “Thank you to everyone who took the time to be involved in this fantastic challenge, but especially to Helene Poursain, Surrey Fundraising Manager, Andrew Gomarsall, MBE, Telent, Juniper Networks and Martins VW Van Centre who were all instrumental in making this event such a great success. Without their generosity and support we would never have been able to surpass our fundraising target so substantially."
If you have any questions or concerns about cancer please call our Macmillan Support Line (free phone) 0808 808 0000 Monday – Friday, 9am – 8pm.
To get involved in fundraising or volunteering for Macmillan please call 0300 1000 200 or email email@example.com
Notes to Editors:
For more details speak to Helene Poursain on 07764503484 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Telindus contact: Judith Finch, Marketing Communications Manager, UK_Marketing@telindus.co.uk
About Macmillan Cancer Support
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Call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00, Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm. Calls are free, including from mobiles or visit www.macmillan.org.uk
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