Heron Foods has smashed its annual target of raising £150,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust – in just six months!
Heron Foods announced its support for the charity as its nominated partner in April this year, when the campaign kicked off with a fundraising event that saw staff wear wacky wigs in-store!
Since then, stores have contributed enormously, by organising their own events such as sponsored walks and cycles, head shaves, in-store competitions, and much more.
Some of the stand out fundraising events held by staff include bag packing weekends and Round It Up weeks, and these will continue one week each month until March 2015.
In September, employees took part in the Heron Foods Mega Challenge, which saw them complete the Great North Run on 7th September, followed by a Coast to Coast cycle of over 100 miles on 8th September, and ending with a 24-mile walk over the Three Peaks on 9th September.
This was an incredibly challenging few days that raised more than £10,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust!
This month, the warehouse team at Heron Foods’ depot are chucking away their razors to grow some top lip ticklers to raise even more funds! A total of 24 courageous staff members are signed up to ‘Be Brave, Don’t Shave’ this November, to get hairy and help raise a target of £500.
Mike Igoe, Heron Foods Commercial Director, said: “I’d like to offer a huge thank you to both our staff and our customers, who have generously contributed every day since our support for Teenage Cancer Trust started.
“Teenage Cancer Trust is a great cause and our support shows the strong commitment we have to helping worthy charitable causes such as this one.
“This campaign has involved all stores and all staff and with everyone pulling together, we have managed to provide valuable support to those young people with cancer in our stores’ communities,” he said.
To mark this fantastic achievement, former Teenage Cancer Trust patient Roy Tuplin visited the Heron Foods store in Immingham, which has raised over £5,000 so far, to receive the cheque on behalf of the charity.
Roy, who is 23 years old, was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 21. He was treated at the Teenage Cancer Trust unit at Castle Hill Hospital in Hull and benefitted hugely from the charity’s support.
Roy said: “Being treated on a ward which is specifically just for teenagers makes such a difference to your experience of cancer. I was surrounded by people my own age going through the same thing and was treated by nurses who understood the needs of teenagers which really helped with the psychological battle with cancer.”
Annmarie Carey, Teenage Cancer Trust, said: “We are so grateful for the incredibly generous support from Heron Foods’ staff and customers. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for young cancer patients aged 13-24 and the money raised by Heron Foods will support young people and their families across the UK.”