The company will focus its fundraising efforts for the year on the charity, which provides support for people affected by cancer.
Russell Scanlan’s Charity Committee will spearhead fundraising initiatives such as an annual leave raffle, tuck shops and a Great British Bake Off-style baking challenge. The first fundraising challenge will see eight members of the team take on a 26-mile hike across the Peak District in the summer.
Bryan Banbury, Russell Scanlan’s Managing Director, said: “Raising money for good causes is something we care very much about at Russell Scanlan. This year, we chose Macmillan Cancer Support as it is a charity which is very close to our hearts. Many of us have been affected by the disease in some way, either first-hand or through a loved one, and then last year a senior member of our team was diagnosed with cancer. We all decided that Macmillan Cancer Support would be a very important charity for us to fundraise for this year and the whole team is committed to raising as much money as possible for this worthwhile cause.
“It costs £29 for a Macmillan nurse for an hour, helping people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support. If we reach and exceed our target of £5,000, we’ll be able to fund many hours of these vital nurses.”
Katherine Booth, Fundraising Manager for the East Midlands at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “We are delighted that Russell Scanlan has chosen Macmillan Cancer Support as its Charity of the Year. In Nottingham alone, more than 4,000 people are diagnosed with cancer every year, but Macmillan is there to support people, helping them to live as full a life as possible.
“The money Russell Scanlan raises will help fund Macmillan nurses, could pay for a Macmillan Grant that helps a person living with cancer heat their home when they really need to, or could support Cancer Information Nurse Specialists to run the Macmillan Support Line phone service, providing a wide range of clinical information and help with medical jargon.”