Funds raised for baby unit

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS SME BUSINESS -

AN IT so­lu­tions and cloud com­put­ing firm has raised funds to help ba­bies who in need of spe­cial­ist care at Macclesfield Hos­pi­tal.

In to­tal, staff from the firm man­aged to raise £875.07 for the cen­tre’s Neona­tal Unit af­ter they nom­i­nated it as their char­ity of the year.

Em­ploy­ees from Axon, based on Heather Close, Macclesfield, took part in a range of events through­out last year, in­clud­ing a spon­sored 30ft wall climb and a char­ity jumper day.

Axon staff also stormed the com­pe­ti­tion to be crowned cham­pi­ons of Macclesfield’s in­fa­mous pan­cake race and helped drum up funds.

Tech­ni­cal direc­tor Gra­ham Fern also en­tered an Iron­man com­pe­ti­tion which saw him com­plete a 3.8km sea swim, fol­lowed by a 180km cy­cle and a full marathon.

Lynn McGill, chair­man of East Cheshire NHS Trust said: “We have been hon­oured to have the in­cred­i­ble sup­port of Axon, who named us their char­ity of the year for 2014. The team’s en­thu­si­asm for our char­ity has seen them raise an in­cred­i­ble to­tal which will go to­wards a high flow oxy­gen unit on the neo-natal ward at Macclesfield Dis­trict Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

“This equip­ment will pro­vide more ef­fec­tive and com­fort­able breath­ing sup­port for ba­bies who need it.

“I would like to say thank you to Axon – it has been a plea­sure to work with them. We also wish them great suc­cess with fu­ture fundrais­ing.”

Based in Macclesfield, Axon pro­vides cloud­based IT so­lu­tions to busi­nesses across the North West.

In 2014 Axon re­ceived ‘Busi­ness of the Year: Turnover £1 - £5Mil­lion’ at the North East Cheshire Busi­ness Awards. It also won ‘Best Use of Tech­nol­ogy in Busi­ness’ at the Cheshire Silk 106.9 awards in 2012.

Anna Ni­cholls, mar­ket­ing manager for Axon said: “We asked staff to vote for our 2014 char­ity of the year, and Macclesfield Neona­tal Unit was cho­sen.

“We’re proud to have been able to sup­port such a crit­i­cal lo­cal ser­vice and are de­lighted that the money raised will go to­wards help­ing ba­bies who are in need of spe­cial­ist care.”

Axon has cho­sen The Neu­ro­mus­cu­lar Cen­tre in Wins­ford as its char­ity for 2015.

●● From left: Tim Mears, Anna Ni­cholls, Clare Wool­ley and Lynn McGill

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