Macmillan appeals to firms to aid 100th birthday fundraiser

A HUNDRED local Borders firms are being asked to help raise £100,000 to mark the 100th birthday of a leading cancer charity, writes Mark Entwistle.

Macmillan Cancer Support hopes to raise the cash by getting the companies signed up to raise £1,000 each in 2011.

The money raised will be used to help local cancer patients and their families, funding services such as our benefits service, information centre and medical help based at Borders General Hospital .

Fundraising manager for Lothians and Borders, Aileen Stewart, says Macmillan has been here to support people affected by cancer for 100 years and the charity wants to be here as long as its help is needed.

“However, sadly the number of people being diagnosed with cancer is increasing every year so the support we provide is needed now more than ever. That’s why we are asking local businesses to take on our Centenary Challenge,” she said.

“We want 100 firms across the Borders to pledge to raise £1,000 for us in 2011. It might sound like a lot but that’s just £20 a week.

“Just putting out a collection can in your premises would be a great start. Staff could also organise a few small fundraising events which are great for improving morale and engaging with customers.

“I think businesses will be surprised how easy it is to raise £1,000 in a year – and I think many of them will easily raise more.”

The centenary challenge has been launched to mark the 100th birthday of Macmillan, which was founded in 1911 by Douglas Macmillan as the Society for the Prevention and Relief of Cancer. Its aim was to provide information on cancer to patients, doctors and members of the public to improve cancer treatment and care.

Ms Stewart added: “Macmillan has been helping people affected by cancer for 100 years and we will continue to support the ever increasing number of people affected by this illness – but of course we can’t do this without the help of local businesses and local people.

“We hope lot of firms will get involved. Taking on our Centenary Challenge is an easy and fun way to help us mark our 100th birthday while having great fun and raising money to support people affected by cancer.”

To find out more about the Centenary Challenge contact Aileen Stewart by email atastewart@macmillan.org.uk or by calling 0131 260 3720.