The Leeds office of international law firm Squire Patton Boggs has chosen Yorkshire Cancer Research as its Charity of the Year.
Partners and staff have already taken part in a number of events to raise funds, including a four hour ‘singathon’ at Leeds Station which raised more than £1,700 and brought cheer to busy commuters. A team of five have also completed the Leeds Half Marathon, raising more than £1,300 which will go towards improving cancer outcomes in Yorkshire.
A team of four are planning to undertake a skydive from 15,000ft later this month. Their bravery looks set to raise more than £5,000.
Future challenges for the Squire Patton Boggs team include a quiz night in July, the Great North Run in September, and further sporting and other challenges. Staff have also organised a range of office-based fundraising activities, such as bake sales and dress down days.
Yorkshire Cancer Research is dedicated to raising awareness of cancer and how to prevent it, promoting the national cancer screening programmes and funding innovative research projects, from diagnosis to end-of-life care.
Mark Simpson, partner at Squire Patton Boggs, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Yorkshire Cancer Research this year. We have an enthusiastic charity committee in our Leeds office that works tirelessly to raise funds through a wide variety of events and, as chair of the committee for 2017, it has been great to see staff and partners generously giving their time, and money, to support our fundraising activities. Cancer touches many people’s lives and we are pleased to be able to work with Yorkshire Cancer Research to help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with this disease.”
Stephanie Jones, Corporate Partnerships Officer at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “The Squire Patton Boggs team are incredibly passionate about fundraising and are keen to do as much as they can during the partnership. We’re very grateful to have them on board and look forward to working with them in the coming months.
“We rely on the support of Yorkshire businesses like Squire Patton Boggs to carry out our vital work in the region. We are aiming to invest £10m every year so by 2025 at least 2,000 more people in the region survive cancer every year. This will be a difficult task, but we know that with the support of people and organisations in our county we will achieve this.”
For more information about partnerships with Yorkshire Cancer Research, please visit www.ycr.org.uk/partnerships.
Picture Captions: 1) Mark Simpson, Partner at Squire Patton Boggs, with members of staff at the ‘singathon’ at Leeds Station; 2) Staff from Squire Patton Boggs with their medals at the end of the Leeds Half Marathon.
Notes to Editors
- Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
- We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
- Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
- Current statistics show that 565 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
- We aim to:
- Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
- Raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.
- Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
- Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient’s journey.
- Campaign for fair and equal access to the very best healthcare services and a greater share of the money spent nationally on research.
- For further information, please visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
- Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer – Yorkshire Cancer Research
- Tel: 01423 877 228
- Last updated: 28/06/2017
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