Greenvale AP, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of fresh potatoes, have raised £39,002.64 for Macmillan Cancer Support during 2010 and recently confirmed that Macmillan has been chosen as their Charity of the Year for 2011.
Employees at their sites across the UK have been involved in a range of activities to raise much needed funds to support the services which are provided by Macmillan.
All of their main sites took part in Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning with the individual sites holding their own unique events including: a hair-razoring head shave at the Craigswalls site near Duns; a triumphant triathlon at their seed division in Burrelton, Perthshire; a bumper bike ride and bric-a-brac sale at Floods Ferry, Cambridgeshire and the longest day golf challenge proved lucrative for the staff at Tern Hill, Shropshire.
In addition to the funds raised by employees, the company made a one off donation and also encouraged staff to get busy by setting up a “match-fund” scheme to boost the funds raised by employees.
A ballot was held to decide which charity to support in 2011 and employees chose to support Macmillan for a second year.
Angus Armstrong, chief executive of Greenvale AP said: “Having a nominated charity of the year has been a new concept for Greenvale and its staff, and it has been fantastic to have seen the response to this initiative.
“Employees from across the whole company have really gone the extra mile to raise funds for such an excellent cause and have surpassed all expectations.
“During recent years we have lost some great company stalwarts to cancer, with many others having seen family and close friends affected by the disease, so it really has been fitting for us to choose this as our inaugural charity of the year.”
Aileen Stewart, fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support added: “I’d like to give a big thank you to everyone at Greenvale for all of the time and effort they have put in to their Charity of the Year activities.
“We are delighted to have received such great support in 2010 and are looking forward to working with Greenvale in 2011, our centenary year.
“All the money raised will be used to fund Macmillan’s vital cancer services, from specialist doctors and nurses, to help and advice for people who have financial problems as a result of their cancer.
“Macmillan relies on the generosity of companies and individuals to continue to offer a wide range of services to people living with cancer.
“It is vital that we reach as many people as possible to offer medical, emotional, practical and financial support.”