Nigel Wright Group has raised £11,000 for its charity of choice, Cancer Research UK, in 2016. Employees throughout the recruitment firm’s 13 European offices have been involved in fundraising activities.

Fundraising has been ongoing during the year and has included regular initiatives such a tuck shop, cake and bake sales and dress-down days, as well as one-off challenges.

The biggest fundraising event took place during a weekend on 11 – 12 June, when Nigel Wright employees took up the challenge of collectively raising £9,500 by completing The Yorkshire Three Peaks. Over 30 employees from across seven international offices participated in the walk. The group completed the challenge of walking more than 24 miles over the peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in under 12 hours. Some employees upped the stakes this year by running instead of walking the route.

Representatives from Nigel Wright’s offices in Stockholm, Malmö and Gothenburg who took part gained the support of Swedish confectionary brand Cloetta, who kindly supported their countrymen’s efforts by supplying the team with chocolate bars.

Nigel Wright’s Marketing Director, Justin Barlow, commented: “We were delighted to complete this challenging event and other activities to raise £11,000 this year.  We have now raised over £30,000 for Cancer Research UK through our walking endeavours alone over the last three years. If any employee has an idea for raising money for this worthwhile cause, then we’ll happily support them in any way.” 

A further initiative raised an additional £200 for the pot. Following the launch of the new plastic five pound note in September, Nigel Wright acted quickly to leverage the Twitter led #fivergiver fundraising campaign, which encouraged people to donate their first new plastic fiver to charity. Forty Nigel Wright UK employees happily gave up their polymer dough, which helped Nigel Wright hit the £11,000 mark. And, in the run up to Christmas, staff who have parcels delivered to the office must pay a small fee for privilege.

Cancer Research UK’s Regional Manager, Jenny Murgatroyd and senior researcher, Dr Elaine Willmore brought a cake and plaque to Nigel Wright’s headquarters in Newcastle upon Tyne for a presentation of the £11,000 cheque.

Carolyn Reynolds praised the Nigel Wright team saying: “Nigel Wright staff are brilliant supporters of Cancer Research UK, who spend £5million each year right here in Newcastle at our Cancer Research Centre. Research breakthroughs in adult and children’s cancers happen right here, and that means that we get closer to beating cancer, but also that we develop therapies that have fewer side effects, are less toxic and are kinder to patients. One in two of us will receive a cancer diagnosis in our lifetime, so this work really touches everyone.  We receive no government funding for our vital research, so companies like Nigel Wright are the backbone of the work we do. 

“Thank you so much for everything you do to help us beat cancer sooner – you are amazing.”