Nigel Wright Recruitment exceeds all targets and breaks records for Cancer Research UK.
When Nigel Wright Recruitment first selected Cancer Research UK as its charity of choice in 2014, the aim was to raise £10,000 each year. Five years on, the business is delighted to confirm it has consistently beaten the target, raising over £75,000 for the UK’s largest charity.
This impressive accomplishment was achieved following fundraising efforts from staff across Nigel Wright’s international network of 13 European offices.
Initiatives take place throughout the year, the largest being the annual Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Since 2014, over 150 employees – including those from the North East of England, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Spain, Germany, France and the Netherlands – have completed the 24.5 miles, 2,153 metre climb in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Most finish the course within the intended 12 hours but there are usually a handful each year who struggle on within a painful 13 hours. In return for their fundraising sponsorship, Nigel Wright arranges and pays for everyone’s travel and lodgings for a weekend each June.
2018 was a record breaking year, with over £14,000 raised by Yorkshire Three Peaks participants. It was the fastest ever year too with 12 people achieving a time under eight hours. And Katherine Hackett, a Consultant in Nigel Wright’s North East Supply Chain team, ran the entire route, coming in at 5 hours and 42 seconds.
Other fundraising activities included a Christmas raffle that raised over £700, office baking days and an all-year tuck shop, kindly restocked and administered by Regional Director, Sue Ormerod.
Justin Barlow, Nigel Wright’s Marketing Director, commented:
“It’s a remarkable achievement and we’re proud to play our part in helping Cancer Research UK prolong and save lives through the ground-breaking research that’s carried out here in Newcastle upon Tyne.
“Raising over £75,000 is a testament to the great teamwork and passion for winning that underpins our culture. The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge is a big deal here. I was asked to take part before I’d even worked my first day at the business – a perfect way to meet my new colleagues and get a sense of what the company was really like. Next year’s Three Peaks Challenge is already booked and we’re aiming to smash our fundraising goal again.”
Carolyn Reynolds, Local Fundraising Manager from Cancer Research UK, said:
"One in two of us will receive a cancer diagnosis in our lifetime and Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for our vital work to find kinder, more effective treatments. Nigel Wright’s donations help to fund our research labs right here in Newcastle, where the charity invests over £4 million on a range of research projects to help us to beat cancer sooner. Staff at Nigel Wright can be really proud of this magnificent achievement – we are so grateful to them for their five incredible years of support.”