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Wickes smashes £2million target to help beat blood cancer

Jessica Strudwick
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16 Dec 2011

Colleagues, suppliers and customers at DIY retailer Wickes have smashed all targets and raised an astounding £2million since October 2006 for first-ever national charity partner, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

Everyone at Wickes has got behind the partnership organising thousands of events to help beat blood cancers. The £2million raised so far will go towards life-saving UK research into better treatments and cures for all blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

Wickes colleagues in each of the 210 stores across the country have shown great enthusiasm and commitment hosting in-store fundraising events included family fun days, fancy dress, head-shaves and BBQs which have generously supported by customers. Colleagues have taken on challenges such as sponsored skydives, bikeathons, marathons and even shark dives.

Every year since 2008, Wickes colleagues have been given the opportunity to participate in a daring challenge and ultimate team bonding experience with managing director Jeremy Bird. Team Wickes have conquered the Three Peaks Challenge, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, taken on the volcanoes of Ecuador and most recently in September this year, 20 colleagues cycled 520km to Mount Everest’s Base Camp.

Jeremy Bird said: “Passing the landmark figure of £2million pounds is exciting for all of us and we’re proud to have been able to make such a contribution to the life saving work of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.”

Cathy Gilman, chief executive of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: “Wickes colleagues have shown an incredible commitment to fundraising for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research over the past five years. The fantastic total reached is down to the hard work and dedication of Wickes colleagues and the generosity of their customers and suppliers. All the money raised will go towards vital research into better treatments and cures for leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma.”

The £2million raised by Wickes so far has been crucial in helping Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research fund quality scientific research at leading institutions across the UK. Thanks to this investment, survival rates are improving all the time. The charity has recently set up a national network of clinical trial centres to speed up access to new life-saving drugs for the 30,000 people diagnosed with a blood cancer each year.