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Bloodwise thanks Wickes colleagues for raising almost £5 million

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26 Jul 2016

Wickes colleagues have been dedicated to raising money for blood cancer patients.

The impressive total rounds off a hugely successful ten-year national partnership between the DIY retailer and Bloodwise.

Wickes stores across the country regularly held various events to boost their fundraising total - most recently “Hop up Kilimanjaro” whereby colleagues racked up 38,000 steps in-store on a “Hop-up” to represent the 38,000 people diagnosed with blood cancer each year.

Simon King, Managing Director of Wickes, says: “Our colleagues have immersed themselves in fundraising through countless ways, such as the Bloodwise London to Paris cycle challenge, numerous cake sales in store and of course the “Hop Up” challenge last year. The passion and commitment has been amazing and has become an integral part of what makes Wickes such a great place to work.

“I’d also like to thank the fantastic generosity our suppliers have shown towards Bloodwise over the years. Without their contribution we wouldn’t have been able to hold our annual Charity Dinners, which raised an additional £100,000 each year for the charity.”

Bloodwise – formerly Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research – became Wickes’s first-ever national charity partner in 2006, initially for an 18-month period. The collaboration went from strength-to-strength and since then, enthusiastic colleagues, customers and suppliers have united to raise £4,933,500 for the charity - with more expected to come in until the end of the partnership in July – to improve the lives of patients with the third biggest cancer killer.

Cathy Gilman, Chief Executive of Bloodwise, says: “We were delighted when we were first chosen, but back then we couldn’t have imagined that we would be celebrating such an extraordinary partnership a decade later.

“Wickes colleagues have achieved something life-changing for blood cancer patients of all ages, and the money that has been raised will help us to save more lives than ever before, for many years to come. We wish the team every success for the business and fundraising going forward.”