14 October 2009
Bank staff commit to raising £100,000 for local cancer support. Barclays staff in North London have pledged to raise £100,000 to fund a Macmillan Senior Specialist Dietitian for the next two years, which will support people affected by cancer in the local community.
Not satisfied with raising over £140,000 in just three months for Macmillan last year, more than 3,000 staff will be renewing their efforts to fund another vital post for the area. Research by Macmillan has shown that without the appropriate support 20% of all people directly affected by cancer could die as a result of malnutrition. This life saving post at the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will support 1,200 people who experience problems with eating as a result of their treatment or because of their cancer.
Fundraising will kick off with some big picnics and will follow with a whole raft of activities including dress down days, quizzes and taking part in Macmillan’s flagship event the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning on 25 September. Every branch in the area will be getting involved to help improve the lives of people affected by cancer.
Adam Rowse, Regional Director at Barclays, said:
'We are very excited to be supporting Macmillan again this year. One in three people are diagnosed with cancer, so supporting Macmillan makes a real and tangible difference to the local community, which is extremely important to our staff.'
Joseph Scheinkonig, Corporate Fundraiser at Macmillan, said:
'Barclays staff and customers have already made a huge contribution to Macmillan and we are thrilled that they will be continuing to support us. Their fundraising has been fun, innovative and, above all, has helped us to improve lives in North London.'
Two million people are currently living with cancer in the UK and Macmillan provides essential practical, emotional and financial support to those affected.
About Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. One in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help.
For more information about Macmillan Cancer Support, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or freephone 0808 808 00 00 for an information pack.
Barclays is a major global financial services provider engaged in retail and commercial banking, credit cards, investment banking, wealth management and investment management services, with an extensive international presence in Europe, the USA, Africa and Asia.
With more than 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs 147,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for over 42 million customers and clients worldwide.
In 2008, Barclays invested £52.2m in community projects around the world and supported more than 57,000 colleagues in 31 countries to get involved with community activities.
For further information about Barclays, please visit our website http://www.barclays.com.