Each year the company supports a different local charity in a bid to make a small difference in the wider community. Staff at the Lincoln site chose their local Lincolnshire branch of Marie Curie Cancer Care as their good cause for 2013. In order to raise funds employees set about arranging a calendar of events to support the invaluable work that the charity carries out on a daily basis.
In June, Branston hosted a Blooming Great Tea Party, one of many held across the country as part of Marie Curie’s fundraising initiative. It was the largest one in Lincolnshire, and by far the biggest charity event the company has ever organised. Held at Branston recreation ground, the whole community was invited to enjoy a fun day out. Visitors on the day enjoyed everything from a rodeo bull and bouncy castles to the Great Branston Bake off. A cricket match between the Branston cricket team and employees rounded off the day and in total the party raised almost £6,000 for Marie Curie.
The fundraising activities varied – nine employees were prepared to fight off zombies in order to raise cash for the good cause. They competed in the Lincoln Zombie Run, a five kilometre assault course, where their survival skills were put to the test as they avoided volunteers dressed as zombies and overcame various spooky obstacles.
And for a less scary activity some of the employees enjoyed the historic scenery as they took part in the 10km twilight walk through the grounds of Grimsthorpe Castle to raise money to support the work of Marie Curie nurses in their area.
Others decided to achieve personal targets whilst fundraising, with James Rogerson completing the coast-to-coast cycle challenge, cycling a total of 137 miles in one day to raise a phenomenal £965. Simon Spink and Mark Armstrong also braved the weather to take part in the world’s second largest half marathon, the Great North Run, and raised £500 for the cause.
Bake sales, cooked breakfasts, a ‘wear it yellow’ day and raffles topped up the funds, taking the grand total to £15,000, which Branston presented to Charlotte Jackson from Marie Curie Cancer Care on Thursday January 16, at Branston’s Lincoln site.
Graeme Beattie, managing director at Branston said: “We all really enjoyed getting behind the fundraising initiatives. Marie Curie Cancer Care was chosen by our employees as a really worthwhile local charity. Their care is invaluable for helping people deal with the devastating effects of cancer and we and hope that the money we have raised will help support the work that they do in our local communities and beyond.”
This year, employees at Branston’s Lincoln site have voted for two charities to share the 2014 fundraising pot - St Barnabas Lincolnshire Hospice and Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance. They have a goal of £8,000 to split between the two charities and are planning various fundraisers from 10k road runs to quiz nights and bake sales.