13 April 2015
Gary Todd, Liz Airey, George Campbell & David Crow
Macmillan Cancer Support would like to say a massive thanks to The Beckfields pub in Ingleby Barwick, Stockton for their continued support raising funds for local people affected by cancer.
It all started when Gary Todd, a loyal customer of the pub, and George Campbell, Landlord of the Beckfields, decided they wanted to give something back to Macmillan after their family’s received the much needed support when losing their Mother’s to cancer. They have certainly done themselves proud! From the first comedy night they did in 2010 they have since organised family fun days, raffles, tombola’s, car boot sales and on one occasion one regular even donated £120 for a turkey in an auction! They have so far raised a staggering £17,511.16 to help local people affected by cancer and already have started organising this year’s events.
They would like to thank everyone who has supported them donating prizes, volunteering to help, attending events, in particular Dave Dunkerton who works for Thistle Platform Oil Rigs, Enquest who donates a sum of money each year and Angela Taylor, North East Live for providing the music.
This support means Macmillan can continue to develop more services in Teesside to support people affected by cancer. Currently we fund the Macmillan Cancer Information Support Centre, specialist nurses, counselling services, benefits advisors and many more medical professionals within the local area.
Liz Airey, Fundraising Manager said; 'Macmillan is only able to help local people affected by cancer with the support of people like Gary and George, a huge thanks to everyone who was involved, they have raised such a fantastic amount. People sometimes think of Macmillan as just a national charity, but for our local fundraising and service teams, our only priority is raising money in Teesside, and continuing work with partners locally to give local people the best cancer care possible.'
Liz continues; '98% of Macmillan’s income is from public donations. Every day a staggering 42 people will hear the devastating news they have cancer. This will see the North East population of people living with cancer nearly double between 2010 and 2030.'
George Campbell, Manager of the Beckfields, said 'I can’t believe we’ve been fundraising for four years. It’s become such a natural part of day-to-day life at the pub, we always have something going on, whether it’s guess how many five-penny pieces are in the jar or one of our big summer and winter events. I think it’s really important to keep the amazing work of Macmillan at the forefront of peoples’ minds.'
'The generosity of our customers throughout the years has been inspiring. It’s been very much a group effort between Gary and I, the team at the pub and all of our customers – and we’ve had the privilege of Liz’s involvement from the word go. We’ve got some really good ideas lined up for the summer, and I’m particularly looking forward to a sponsored zip-wire from the Transporter Bridge!'
'Macmillan is going to need to keep growing each year to make sure no one has to face cancer alone. We have plenty of opportunities to get involved with the local Macmillan fundraising team. In 2015, we’re particularly keen to work with more local businesses, whose support can make a real difference in their community.'
If you’re interested in getting involved with fundraising or would like to choose Macmillan as your charity of the year, please contact Liz Airey, Fundraising Manager on 07801 307012 or email firstname.lastname@example.org