15 November 2012
Stephen Richards from Macmillan receives £25,000 cheque
BAPS Charities UK presented a cheque for £25,000 to Macmillan during the Diwali celebrations at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London on Tuesday 13 November 2012.
Stephen Richards (Director for England) and Rachel Kingston (London Area Fundraising Manager) were on hand to receive the cheque on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support.
The money had been raised in April 2012 when over 3,400 people participated in the BAPS Charities 10k Challenge. The participants had walked, jogged or run 10 kilometres, or cycled 30 kilometres, to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and various other causes.
The money raised will be used to pay for four travelling Cancer Information Services which will operate across England and Wales. Specialists from the charity visit town centres, workplaces, places of worship and community venues such as football grounds and shopping centres to bring cancer information to people who might not seek it out by visiting their doctor.
In his address during the presentation ceremony at the Mandir, Mr Richards expressed his gratitude for 'The tremendous support' of BAPS Charities and shared more about the how the money will be used. He said: 'Your extremely generous donation will pay for the Mobile Information Support centres to carry out more than 40 visits across England and Wales, reaching over 3,000 people. Everyone that took part [in the Challenge], or sponsored those that did, has helped to make an enormous difference to the lives of those affected by cancer.'
Kamlesh Patel, lead volunteer for BAPS Charities, said: 'We are delighted to be able to partner with such a worthy charity and hope that the funds can help to continue their great work and provide some comfort and hope to those who are suffering from cancer.'