ICS announces £5,000 fundraising drive
ICS has announced its charity initiative and aims to raise a total of £5,000 for two charities over the next 12 months.
CancerCare and Defying Dementia were selected as the chosen charities to support over the course of the next year, following a staff survey at the firm’s headquarters in Lancaster, Lancashire.
John Lyon, ICS managing director, said, “There are so many fantastic charities doing phenomenal work in the North West area, but CancerCare and Defying Dementia really resonated with the ICS team. Sadly, like many people, some of our staff members have had personal experiences with cancer and dementia, so we found that these charities were the ones particularly close to our hearts.”
A number of fundraising activities have now been planned over the coming months. The ICS team recently took part in a sponsored walk and a bake sale, with a quiz night, spin-a-thon and the ‘It’s a Knockout’ challenge still planned. During Dementia Awareness Week in May, staff members collected £91 in staff donations and also wore yellow to mark the week.
At the end of the 12 month period, the total amount of money raised will be split equally between the two charities. Lyon added, “We are aiming to raise £5,000 in total, but I know that many of the team are confident we will raise even more! We have a busy summer coming up with plenty of fundraising events planned and we are looking forward to offering our support and raising vital funds for two incredible charities.”
Neil Townsend, chief executive officer of CancerCare, said, “CancerCare is delighted that the staff of ICS have pledged to raise money to help support the work of our charity. Established 33 years ago, CancerCare has grown into a leading charity that supports people of all ages and their families who are affected by the emotional and physical impacts of a cancer diagnosis. Working from two centres in Lancaster and Kendal, we remain committed to serving our local communities and every penny raised is spent on these vital services.”
Laura Slater, Defying Dementia Community fundraiser, commented, “The Defying Dementia team would like to thank ICS for choosing us as one of their charities for the year. Local support is key to our campaign; with the help from ICS we will be able to raise even more awareness and funds for our neurodegenerative research at Lancaster University. Most people will experience the effects of dementia at some point in their lives, whether that be through family members with dementia or having the disease themselves, and the money that is raised from ICS will go to helping us carry out important pre-clinical trials for a drug that will hopefully stop Alzheimer’s disease in its tracks.”