How busi­nesses can help char­ity raise funds

Belfast Telegraph - Business Telegraph - - Platform - By Morag Cham­bers, Vol­un­teer Co­or­di­na­tor, Can­cer Fo­cus NI For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Morag on 9066 3281 or at morag cham­bers@can­cer­fo­ to choose a date and venue to col­lect

As we ap­proach the busiest sea­son of the year — bat­tling to beat deadlines ahead of the hol­i­days and find­ing a few hours for Christ­mas get-to­geth­ers and shop­ping means that time is short for most of us.

Char­i­ties are no dif­fer­ent, but th­ese are the weeks when more vol­un­teers than ever are needed. Find­ing peo­ple with time on their hands is a chal­lenge which is why Can­cer Fo­cus North­ern Ire­land is ap­peal­ing to lo­cal busi­nesses to set aside time for team mem­bers to take part in vi­tal fundrais­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to Business in the Com­mu­nity, around 70% of FTSE 100 com­pa­nies and 20% of SMES now of­fer op­por­tu­ni­ties to vol­un­teer to their staff.

Our need for vol­un­teers is ur­gent. Many busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions are will­ing to let us hold col­lec­tions and events on their premises, but we just don’t have enough peo­ple to do the work. We are un­der se­ri­ous pres­sure.

Up to 250 vol­un­teers are needed to help with street col­lec­tions and bag packs and we are call­ing out to lo­cal busi­nesses to spare mem­bers of their teams for a few hours to help us raise funds that are so crucial for the ser­vices we pro­vide to fam­i­lies liv­ing with a can­cer di­ag­no­sis.

And the money raised will make a huge dif­fer­ence to the fam­i­lies that Can­cer Fo­cus NI works with.

In fact, £15 will pay for some­one af­fected by can­cer to at­tend a cre­ative ther­apy ses­sion, £25 will pay for a coun­selling ses­sion for some­one with can­cer, and £100 will pay for six weeks sup­port for a be­reaved child.

We are a lo­cal can­cer char­ity and we need to raise al­most £4m each year, mostly from do­na­tions from the pub­lic, who are very gen­er­ous.

All the money raised is spent in North­ern Ire­land on lo­cal can­cer re­search, sup­port and care ser­vices, can­cer pre­ven­tion work in schools and work­places, and cam­paign­ing.

Our vol­un­teers al­ways tell us they get a feel good feel­ing, know­ing they are help­ing oth­ers — and what bet­ter time of the year to do that than at Christ­mas.

You can choose from events in Ban­gor for fes­tive bag pack­ing at M&S in Bloom­field.

There are op­por­tu­ni­ties to be an elf help­ing at our Santa’s Grotto in Lis­burn or take part in our an­nual gift wrap and col­lect in Vic­to­ria Square shop­ping cen­tre in Belfast.

In Bal­ly­mena we need peo­ple to join the Can­cer Fo­cus NI fundrais­ing group for their an­nual street col­lec­tion.

There are plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties for busi­nesses from across North­ern Ire­land to get in­volved and make a last­ing dif­fer­ence to the lives of lo­cal fam­i­lies deal­ing with can­cer.

We ur­gently need your help — as we re­ally can’t do it with­out you!

Can­cer Fo­cus NI vol­un­teers at Christ­mas pack bags in Marks & Spencer stores last year

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