On Tuesday 25th April representatives from Blue Arrow Group’s Employee Council were invited to visit Cancer Research UK’s Barts Centre in London following two years of fundraising. The team were delighted to reveal the company had smashed their original £60,000 target, presenting CRUK with a cheque for £64,322.52 on behalf of all their colleagues, candidates and clients.
Blue Arrow places over 60,000 people in work, each year and is committed to its ‘enhancing people’s lives’ mission. Cancer unfortunately touches so many peoples’ lives and in January 2015 employees voted overwhelmingly to select Cancer Research UK as their chosen charity for 2015-2016 to support their vital work aimed at helping to beat cancer once and for all. All money was raised by recruitment teams across the UK and head office staff taking part in everything from cake sales to walking, running and cycling challenges.
The visit was hosted by CRUK’s Research Engagement Manager Fionnuala Ratcliffe who gave a fascinating insight to the vital work of the research teams at the different centres.
The group then had the opportunity to meet Deputy Tissue Bank Manager Tom Dowe and tour the tissue bank used by CRUK’s dedicated teams of research scientists and data analysts as they strive to understand more about cancers and not only develop more effective treatments, but diagnose earlier and in some cases even prevent the onset of the disease in the first place.
Research Engagement Manager Fionnuala Ratcliffe said: It was a real pleasure to welcome Blue Arrow staff to the Cancer Research UK Barts Centre on Tuesday. We loved hearing about all their remarkable fundraising activities from the past two years, and it was great to show them some of the life-saving work happening here at Barts, which can only take place thanks to their generous and dedicated support.”
St Albans Associate Director Jackie Towndrow launched Blue Arrow’s fundraising campaign at their employee conference back in January 2015 with her family’s own moving story. Jackie said: It was a great honour to have helped launch our support of CRUK at the conference in 2015. This has now been surpassed two years later by the honour of presenting them our cheque for over £64,000 and seeing first-hand how this inspirational group of researchers will use that money to support their quest to ensure 3 in 4 people survive cancer by 2020.”
Luton Recruitment Consultant Paul Mays said: “It was eye-opening to learn of the difficult conversations Thomas and his team have with patients asking for consent to use their tissue and blood samples for research and to appreciate the incredible amount of work to manage tens of thousands of samples for ground-breaking research. It’s incredible to know that the money Blue Arrow raised will definitely make a meaningful impact and hopefully save lives.”
Callum Austin, Internal Communications Lead for Blue Arrow Group said: “We’re extremely proud of our staff and their fundraising efforts and also would like to say a big thank you for all the donations from our candidates and clients that helped us raise such a fantastic amount for this important cause.”
Recruitment Consultant from Rugby Paul Smyth said: “What a fantastic chance to meet so many enlightening people with a true passion for their work. I’m proud to be part of Blue Arrow’s Employee Council and part of a company that has raised over £64,000 for such a brilliant cause.”
Sarah Collins, Local Fundraising Manager for CRUK said “It has been an absolute pleasure supporting Blue Arrow in their fundraising partnership and I have been so impressed with how staff have engaged in all sorts of fundraising activities for our important cause. We rely completely on supporters like you so thank you to you all for your efforts in helping us to beat cancer sooner.”