Daredevil fundraisers braved new heights for Yorkshire Cancer Research when they completed a 30 metre abseil from the top of the Portland Building at Leeds Beckett University.
32 employees from organisations across West Yorkshire took part in the corporate challenge, raising thousands of pounds to help more people in Yorkshire survive cancer.
Among the participants were eight members of staff from Leeds-based global law firm Squire Patton Boggs, who brought four family members and friends along with them.
The team has raised close to £4,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research through sponsorship for completing the abseil.
Mark Simpson, partner at Squire Patton Boggs and chair of the firm’s charity committee, said: “The prospect of abseiling down the Portland Building was daunting for many in the Squire Patton Boggs team but we were all determined to do it. Everyone came away thrilled that they had taken part and raised so much for Yorkshire Cancer Research, our Leeds office charity for 2017.”
Other organisations that took part include Eastwood Financial Services, who entered a team of five and raised more than £1,500, and the Ministry of Justice.
Karen Wynard, Managing Director at Eastwood Financial Services, said: “Yorkshire Cancer Research are a valued client but also a charity very close to the hearts of many of us at Eastwood Financial Services. We were therefore delighted to be able to offer our support by taking part in this event, which was very enjoyable and very well organised. It was also a great experience for our team of five and we are all very proud of our achievements and also our fundraising efforts.”
Stephanie Jones, Corporate Partnerships Officer at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “The Yorkshire Abseil Challenge was a great event. Bringing supporters together to lower themselves off a building was quite an experience and the fundraising has been incredible. Thank you to everyone who got involved. The money raised will help the charity raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it, promote screening programmes and fund innovative research, from diagnosis to end-of-life care.”
For more information about partnerships with Yorkshire Cancer Research, please visit www.ycr.org.uk/employer.
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 575 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.