Staff at Mayo Wynne Baxter have raised thousands of pounds during the first quarter of sponsorship for their chosen charity of the year, Macmillan Cancer Support in Sussex.

Macmillan Sussex were delighted to be chosen, and to hear of the group of charity representatives, the ˜Macmillan Mascots”, formed to lead the firm’s fundraising activities over the next two years of partnership.

The mascots have since devised and delivered an extensive range of fundraising initiatives to suit the broad range of employees to encourage as many staff members as possible to join in. They have put on and hosted and taken part in golf days, football sweepstakes, auctioned Rod Stewart tickets, implemented a bespoke 100-mile bike ride between six offices across Sussex (Brighton, Eastbourne, Forest Row, Seaford, Lewes and East Grinstead) held dress-down days, collected client donations and baked cakes to bring the total raised to £2,382 in just three months.

Dean Orgill, Chairman of Mayo Wynne Baxter, said: “We are delighted to have raised this much for Macmillan in such a short period of time. This reflects the dedication and efforts of our staff who have given up their time to either help organise or be involved with a wide-range of fundraising activities. We have a great team of mascots who are always thinking of new and innovative ways to raise money. The cycle-ride was particularly well executed and there was talk of a repeat event next year which we hope will be bigger and better involving even more staff.”

Mayo Wynne Baxter is specifically raising money for The Sussex Macmillan Cancer Support Centre which is currently being built opposite the Royal Sussex County Hospital. The centre’s aim is to change lives meaning that no-one is Sussex should face cancer alone. With 24 people being diagnosed with cancer every day in Sussex, this centre will provide specialist cancer information and advices including welfare benefits advice, counselling services, complementary therapies, physical activity support, hair and skincare advice, practical support, dietary advice and a space for self-help and support groups.

Macmillan Sussex is still to raise £700,000 to complete the building which will be open to the public by the end of summer next year (2015). Macmillan is dedicated to improving the lives of everyone living with cancer now and with Mayo Wynne Baxter’s support, Macmillan are helping to change the lives of those affected by cancer in Sussex.

Sarah Coxhill, Sussex fundraising manager, said: “We are in awe of the enthusiasm within this very busy firm for the charity. We know only too well the time, energy and commitment it takes to raise charitable funds and are thrilled they have jumped on board with such gusto. They set a very good example to other local companies of what can be done for local charities by incorporating sometimes simple activities into the workplace encouraging staff engagement and team working. We have some very exciting future activities in the pipeline with them and so look forward to the continuing success.

If you’re looking for a challenge and need help and support in reaching your fundraising goals then please contact the fundraising team on: scoxhill@macmillan.org.uk

If you’re caring for someone with cancer and need information or support, call 0808 808 0000 or visit www.macmillan.org.uk/carers

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