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An incredible fundraising drive by Staff at Crash Services and JMK Solicitors have seen the companies donate a total of £35,500 to their 2020 charity partner Cancer Fund for Childrenthis December. The staff organised online quizzes, a virtual dress-up day and exercise challenges during a particularly tough year.

Cancer Fund for Children support children and young people diagnosed with cancer or living with a parent with the disease. They offer support in the home, community, on the hospital ward and at their residential centre, Daisy Lodge in Newcastle, with the aim that no family face cancer alone.

Presenting the cheque are from left: Alex Murdock, Corporate Fundraiser at Cancer Fund for Children, (M) Maurece Hutchinson, Managing Director at JMK Solicitors, (L) Jonathan McKeown, Chairman of JMK Solicitors and CEO at CRASH Services.

Jonathan McKeown, Chairman of JMK Solicitors and CEO at CRASH Services said, “We are delighted to have been able to support Cancer Fund for Children during a very difficult year for charities across the province.  Each year our staff nominate and choose the charity they wish to support for the whole year, meaning they will usually have a personal connection to the group we are helping and are engaged in our fundraising activity.

"Due to the pandemic, we were unable to carry out our in-person fundraising events that we had planned, however our people got creative with virtual events.  They not only raised funds but also increased employee morale at a time when most of them were working from their homes. We hosted online quizzes, a virtual dress up day called ‘Fancy Pants Friday’, and a distance challenge where they ran, walked and cycled over 3,000 miles over the course of a month. Our kind-hearted staff also opted to join into a monthly salary sacrifice scheme where a regular amount is donated each month going directly to the Cancer Fund for Children.”

Jonathan added, “We look forward to working with Phil Alexander, their CEO, and his dedicated team for another year as we have extended our partnership until the end of 2021 to allow us to give more time and resources to this deserving charity. We are hopeful that we may be able to enjoy some fundraising activity in person next year!”

Phil can be heard speaking about his work on episode 1 of the ‘Just Cause’ Podcast which highlights the people behind, and the work being done by, local charitable organisations.

Alex Murdock, Corporate Fundraiser at Cancer Fund for Children commented “What a year 2020 has been, but despite it all, I am thrilled at what CRASH Services, JMK Solicitors and Cancer Fund for Children have been able to achieve together. Reaching the staggering total of £35,500 throughout the pandemic in support of local families impacted by cancer is such an incredible achievement, and I cannot thank all the team at both CRASH and JMK enough. That we have been able to adapt our services and continue being here for families when they need us now more than ever simply would not be possible without such amazing people by our side.

"All the team have gone above and beyond with their in-house initiatives, quiz nights, dress up days, and fitness challenges which have been so generously matched funded by the companies. I can’t wait to begin 2021 afresh with lots of new ideas for challenges so, together, we can ensure children across Northern Ireland don’t have to face cancer alone. All being well some of those challenges will be in person!”

If you are feeling inspired and think your organisation would be interested in raising vital funds to support local young people and families impacted by cancer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Alex Murdock at alex@cancerfundforchildren.com or call 028 9080 5599.

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