Hays beats target to raise 110,000 for brain tumour research
Hays staff from across the country raised money through the year by taking on physical challenges and arranging events in their offices and local communities.
The first year of the partnership ended with the successful 24/7 challenge, with 47 Hays employees from around the UK taking on seven challenges in 24 hours - running, hiking, cycling, canoeing and solving brain teasers in teams of four.
Simon Winfield, managing director for Hays in the South West and Wales, was among those who took on the challenge.
He said: “I was so proud to put on my running top for the charity and take part in this challenge for such an important cause. The challenge was overwhelming, but enjoyable, and a lot of satisfaction came from knowing that the funds we raised on the day went to helping people with brain tumours and their families in coping with it.”
The 24/7 teams raised a total of £30,000 through donations from friends and family, fundraising in their offices and holding local events.
Hays target was to raise more than £100,000 over the course of the two year partnership to fund a new Centre of Excellence which will be dedicated to carrying out world-class brain tumour research. To achieve this, a team from Hays in Manchester ran the 10k Great Manchester Run, raising more than £1,000, while a director from Birmingham completed the London Marathon and raised over £3,500. A manager from Hays in Preston climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, raising an incredible £6,500 for the charity and contributing significantly to the total amount raised.
Over 9,000 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour each year and brain tumours are the largest cancer killer of children and adults under 40. The Brain Tumour Charity’s mission is to fund and promote research to improve understanding, diagnosis and treatment of brain tumours and ultimately find a cure.
The charity is the largest dedicated funder of research into brain tumours in the UK and leads the way in ensuring all research funded is selected through stringent, independent peer review. It also offers a comprehensive service to enable everyone with a brain tumour, their families and carers to receive the best support and information and achieve the highest quality of life possible as well as raising awareness of brain tumours to improve life chances.
Louise Taylor, The Brain Tumour Charity’s Director of Fundraising, said, “This is an incredible achievement by Hays in just one year of fundraising for The Brain Tumour Charity.
We are so grateful to every one of the Hays staff who has helped to raise money for our work and we are very much looking forward to the next 12 months as they continue fundraising for us.
We rely 100% on voluntary donations to fund our work. It’s only through the efforts of companies like Hays - and people like Hays staff - that we will be able to do this and bring hope to the thousands of people who are diagnosed with a brain tumour every year.
Only 2% of cancer research funding goes on brain tumours in the UK. Our goal is to significantly increase research investment to improve treatments and ultimately save lives.”