CancerCare & Lakeland in running to win national award

on Friday, 15 April 2016. Tags CancerCare, Lakeland, Lancaster

CancerCare & local homeware giants  Lakeland are in the running for a Third Sector Business Charity Award!

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The Third Sector’s Business Charity Awards rewards the great charity work of corporate Britain and will be held on Wednesday April 20th at a special gala dinner in London.

With a partnership dating back over 25 years, Lakeland has been CancerCare’s most generous regular donor, donating over £360,000 to support their delivery of vital cancer support services across North Lancashire & South Lakeland.

Our journey together started back in 1991 when a Lakeland staff member suggested donating profits to CancerCare from their warehouse’s ‘bargain shelf’ after receiving support from the charity following her husband’s cancer diagnosis. And when Lakeland Customer Director Michelle Kershaw was also diagnosed with cancer, her legacy was the donation of a research fund to bear her name.

First established in 1983, CancerCare works with local families affected by cancer providing services including Counselling & range of complementary therapies from two dedicated centres in Kendal and Lancaster and currently employ 20 full time staff with a £1million annual turnover. Founded in the early 60s, family business Lakeland started as one of the UK’s home shopping pioneers, growing to become an international brand leader offering over 4,000 kitchen and home solutions.

CancerCare and Lakeland have recently begun a new phase to their partnership with a series of staff training open workshops delivered by CancerCare on how to support staff affected either personally or in the family with a cancer diagnosis. These sessions have also been supported by Lakeland’s occupational health consultants and now help staff signpost affected colleagues with the right advice and support when they need it.

Sam Rayner, Managing Director of Lakeland says: “Lakeland are incredibly proud to support CancerCare, whose work is invaluable to local families affected by cancer. Over the last 25 years, Lakeland employees have generously contributed to the cause, and CancerCare have been excellent at acknowledging the support from our colleagues. The impact that CancerCare’s support has on the local community cannot be overestimated and quite simply, we are humbled to be able to contribute to this.”

Christine Wardle, Head of Income Generation at CancerCare says: “We have a small, dedicated team at CancerCare and Lakeland’s consistent and generous support has given us the security to direct resources where they are most needed. It means a lot to know that such a well-respected national company has stayed loyal to us as a local charity.”

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