Social housing and care provider raises thousands for cancer centre
A social housing and care provider has spent the past 12 months taking on a whole host of wacky fundraising events to raise thousands of pounds for a valuable cancer centre.
Linc Cymru Housing Association, based in South Wales, has raised £7000 for its adopted charity, Velindre Cancer Centre in honour of a member of staff.
The association's social committee organised a wide range of fundraising activities from a Gung-Ho inflatable assault course and a Man vs Horse challenge.
Staff from Linc even teamed up with BBC's Derek Brockway on his "Walking with the Weatherman" challenge, in addition to taking part in sponsored dress-down days, raffles, tea and coffee mornings and cake sales.
Linc's tenants and residents also got a slie of the action by donating to the appeal and the total raised was also match-funded by company directors.
Velindre was chosen as the official charity that year after the decision went to a staff vote. The centre was close to many people's heart after executive director of Linc Homes Nicola Smith received treatment from the centre when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Nicola said: “I am really proud of everyone involved at Linc who have tirelessly raised so much money for Velindre Cancer Centre.
“I would like to express my enormous appreciation and thanks to everyone's generosity. As someone who has experienced the services they provide, I can safely say that Velindre will put this to good use and continue to provide care, hope and treatment for all those affected by this challenging disease, cancer."
Christopher Rees, co-chair of the Linc Social Committee, added: “We always enjoy organising activities and events to raise money for our chosen charity and it’s wonderful that our efforts are generously supported and match funded by Linc’s Directors. We are delighted at people’s enthusiasm and generosity in giving to such a worthy cause. Well done and thank you to all that helped us reach such a remarkable amount.”
The £7,000 raised will be ploughed into research, something consultant Jacinta Abraham from Velindre says is vital to maintaining an excellent standard of care.
She said: “We are delighted that Linc chose us to be its charity of choice. This significant amount of money raised will be used to directly fund research projects which will help us to improve our understanding of cancer. I have personally had the privilege of treating Nicola, who has inspired me with her remarkably positive attitude and enthusiasm. A huge thank you to her and the team at Linc.”