Principality Building Society staff traded in their trainers for high heels to present over £55,000 to the Society’s 2010 Charity of the Year, Macmillan Cancer Support, at their Annual Awards Dinner.
The Building Society staff, who recently marked the end of Principality’s 150th birthday, took part in a range of sporting activities throughout 2010, raising a grand total of £55,627, which will go towards supporting people affected by cancer throughout Wales.
Principality’s branches across West Wales – including Riverside Walk in Port Talbot – raised a cuppa with their customers, in support of Macmillan’s World’s biggest Coffee Morning last September, to add nearly £500 to the overall total.
Walking a gruelling 45 miles across Wales, from the Shropshire border to Clarach, near Aberystwyth, in June, Principality’s senior management team added a further £7,250.
An abseil down the side of the Celtic Manor Hotel in Newport added nearly 1,000 to the total and a test of fitness at the Cardiff Marathon, as well as a sponsored run from Cardiff Centre to the Bay, raised a combined £3,000.
Principality’s Swansea Senior Branch Manager, Rhian Davis, said: “Fundraising has been a powerful tool for motivating and uplifting staff – we have had great fun and we’re delighted to have raised such a significant sum to help support people diagnosed with cancer in Wales.
“We recognise the importance of supporting the local community and our Charity of the Year policy is designed to allow us to put all our efforts behind one charity for the benefit of the people of Wales – this has certainly paid off in 2010. We look forward to another successful year of fundraising challenges in 2011.”
More than 100,000 people in Wales are currently living with or beyond cancer and one in three will be diagnosed with it during their lifetime. Macmillan Cancer Support provides practical, medical, emotional and financial support for people diagnosed with cancer, their family and carers.
There are around 200 Macmillan professionals working in hospitals and out in the community in Wales. As well as our nurses they include physiotherapists, social workers, pharmacists, welfare benefits advisers, information coordinators and dietitians.
Sue Pickin, Fundraising Manager from Macmillan Cancer Support said: “We are so grateful to the Principality Building Society for choosing us as their charity of the year for 2010.
“It has been a fantastic year, with all the staff really getting behind the challenge – their efforts have certainly been outstanding.
“We are all thrilled with the amazing total that has been raised. All of our services are provided free of charge and 99% of our funding comes from charitable donations.
“The money that the Principality Building Society has raised will be used to fund specialist Macmillan professionals in Wales who deliver the best in cancer care and will also provide financial help to those who need it most through Macmillan grants.”