Our partnership with SITA UK

Since SITA UK became our charity partner in 2013 it has donated nearly £100,000 through employee-led fundraising events – including a 2,400 mile cycle relay.

During the partnership, SITA UK employees have participated in, and continue to organise, events to raise money for Macmillan. These include bake sales, individual sporting challenges, feats of endurance and male waxing.

The highlight of the fundraising activity so far was a 2,400-mile cycle relay from SITA UK’s most northern site near Aberdeen to its most southern facility near Land’s End. The relay took place over six weeks in May and June 2014. The Big Ride cycle relay route was designed to include as many of SITA UK’s facilities as possible. This made the journey almost three times as long as the traditional Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle route of 874 miles.

Around 300 SITA UK employees, from bin men to board members, cycled legs of the relay route. They completed the ride in six weeks.

Chief Executive Officer of SITA UK, David Palmer-Jones, is pictured presenting Macmillan representatives, Michelle Martin and Jan Harris, with a cheque for £89,984 – half of which was raised by The Big Ride in 2014.

He says: ‘I am absolutely delighted that our fantastic employees have managed to raise so much money for Macmillan since the partnership started. I am very proud to be able to present Macmillan with a cheque for nearly double the amount we initially set out to raise. As a business with 5,000 employees spread across the country, we wanted to hold an event to bring our company closer together and The Big Ride certainly did just that.’

Macmillan Regional Corporate Partnerships Manager, Rhys Parker said: ’Our partnership has been truly incredible since being chosen in 2013. Thanks to the fantastic support from everybody at SITA UK the money raised so far will not only fund a nurse for a year, but also a Macmillan Cancer support officer too. SITA UK has helped us make a huge difference to the lives of those affected by cancer and we cant wait to see what their next big idea is for 2016.’