Rowan Parkes
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Rowan Parkes

Another incredible year of fundraising for Wickes!

Rowan Parkes
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Rowan Parkes
06 Dec 2013

2013 has been another incredible year for our longest serving corporate partner Wickes. The partnership is now in its seventh year and in total Wickes have raised an incredible £3.5million! In 2013, Wickes have continued to tirelessly fundraise, hoping to smash all previous records! So as Wickes’ new account manager I thought I’d take this opportunity to reflect on their achievements this year.

Throughout 2013 Wickes colleagues, customers and suppliers have taken on a whole host of challenges to help beat blood cancer. From cake sales, raffles, auctions, fancy dress days, body waxes and baked bean baths in store to treks, cycles, swims and challenges in their spare time, there are a whole range of ways Wickes employees have been getting involved.

In June this year Wickes stores up and down the country united to take part in the Big Rowathon. A challenge event where each store rowed 84,740 metres – the distance from Dover to Calais and back – to raise money for our life-saving work. In total the stores covered 84million miles and raised over £75,000!

Tim Matthews, Wickes Charity Chairman said: “Every store is active on some level, with the majority increasingly seeing the great benefits which come with having such an important cause to unite colleagues. They are constantly working with each other to organise activities which will raise as much money as possible. We are proud to be supporting Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and will continue to work together to beat blood cancer.”

It’s not just Wickes colleagues who have been raising money. Over the August Bank Holiday, Wickes once again ran their 50p ask, where they asked all their customers whether they would add 50p to their bill to help fund our groundbreaking work. This incentive alone helped raise an incredible £48,000 over the weekend.

Wickes suppliers have also been in on the action, raising a very generous amount at their annual supplier dinner at the Camden Round House on Thursday 5 December. Fundraising took the form of a silent auction, raffle and donations on the night. We are still counting up the monies raised but are confident that it was another hugely successful event.

I personally would like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Wickes who has worked so hard this year to raise more money than ever before, and I’m looking forward to continue working with them in the new year!



I was at the first meeting with Wickes 7 years ago and we could never have imagined the extraordinary success of our partnership! This is entirely due to the magnificent team of Colleagues who are tirelessly committed to raising ever more money in spite of very busy retail lives, and they are supported by the Wickes Board, their customers and suppliers.
Thank you so much, you are a very special team and you have transformed patients lives.
Did you know that you can buy the Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research wheelbarrow in festive red? There's a donation for everyone sold and it's the perfect present for the one you love, waiting for you in your local Wickes store!


Wickes partnership with their suppliers and LLR to help us beat blood cancers is a great example of team work at its best. Store colleagues, branch members and supplier teams all collaborating to achieve something very special. I must mention one person in particular, our local store manager at Maldon, James Degiorgio, who is always up for a challenge and infects everyone with his enthusiasm. In the last 15 months as well as trekking in remote Alaska and climbing Snowdon several times, he has organised various fundraising events across the region culminating in the national Rowathon, when he rowed 100,000 metres.
Thanks so much, James, and best wishes to you and all the Wickes team.

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