For the second year in a row, Commercial Express has chosen Macmillan Cancer Support as their charity of the year. Back in December 2018, staff nominated charities that they felt should be supported. A vote was then cast to decide which cause would be the dedicated Commercial Express charity of 2019.
The staff at Commercial Express have been dedicating their time throughout the year to raise much needed funds. A variety of cake, donut and other food sales have taken place, which are always popular amongst the departments. Technical underwriting manager Tom Bolstridge also braved the shave on a rainy day in March. After collecting donations from colleagues, Tom said goodbye to his curly haired locks in this year’s charity head shave.
Account manager Paul Ingleby will be taking on a challenge and competing in the Prudential Ride London 100 on 4th August.
Paul said: “I will be cycling 100 miles around the streets of London and country roads of Surrey, probably with a few hills thrown in for good measure. This represents the second event of the London Classics, which is where I complete the London Marathon, Ride 100 and two Mile Serpantine Openwater Swim. The marathon is already done.
“As a warm up, I did the Freewheel New Forest Spring Sportive 81 mile ride, which is again more hills. These are huge challenges, as I have spent the last nine years running all sorts of distances from 5ks, 10ks, 10 miles, half marathons, marathons and ultra marathons and not sitting on a saddle peddling a bike.
“For these challenges, I am supporting Macmillan. This is in recognition for all those who have suffered or known others suffer from Cancer, which has hit my family on more than one occasion. My struggles over the 81 and 100 miles respectively- and there will be struggles- are nothing compared to the struggles that the victims and their families go through daily.”
All the funds raised throughout the year will go to Macmillan in the West Midlands region, whose aim is to improve the lives of everyone living with cancer and to inspire millions of others to do the same. The charity wants to provide support to everyone who needs it and to help people affected by cancer feel more in control of their lives. Macmillan produce independent, expert, up-to-date information to meet the information needs of people affected by cancer.
Duncan Pritchard, managing director of Commercial Express, said: “I am thrilled that such a deserving charity has been chosen this year. Cancer is something which affects almost all of us in some way, so to be able to support the great work which Macmillan do is marvellous.”
“I am extremely pleased that our monthly donations and other charitable donations will go a long way in improving the lives of those living with cancer and I look forward to seeing what other fundraising events are to be organised by our staff this year.”
To donate, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/commercialexpress