Kerfoot Employees Set to Stage Northallerton Charity Shop Takeover

Date: 20 January 2020

Employees from Kerfoot Group will put their enterprise skills to the test when they take over Yorkshire Cancer Research’s Northallerton shop this week (January 20) as part of a programme of fundraising activity.

The company, which supplies refined and speciality oils for the global food and personal care markets, announced a partnership with Yorkshire Cancer Research in May 2019.

Since then, Kerfoot has worked with the charity to improve overall wellbeing and cancer awareness among its 130 employees based at sites in Northallerton and Goole in Yorkshire. 


Kerfoot has worked with the charity to improve overall wellbeing and cancer awareness among its 130 employees

The business has also dedicated its annual fundraising efforts to the charity, including raising more than £5,000 by completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.

Employees will take over the running of the shop, from donating items to be sold, sorting and pricing stock, creating eye-catching displays and working on the till.

The charity’s Northallerton shop is currently being refurbished and is expected to re-open in the coming months. 

Sarah Bradley, Chief Executive at Kerfoot Group said: “It’s been a pleasure working with Yorkshire Cancer Research over the past eight months. The charity is a key focus for Kerfoot and we’re excited to be bringing our own twist to the Northallerton shop. If you’re in the area, please pop in, say hello and browse the shop’s exciting range of goods. You may even end up spotting a bargain, aiding a truly fantastic cause.”

Juliet Glendinning, Director of Brand and Relationships at Yorkshire Cancer Research said: “We’re thrilled that Kerfoot is supporting its employees in this exciting team challenge. We’re very grateful for their commitment not only in fundraising to help people in Yorkshire avoid and survive cancer, but also in raising awareness among their workforce of cancer and the steps we can all take to improve our health and wellbeing.

“The Northallerton shop has raised many thousands of pounds for the charity since it first opened in 1965. Having Kerfoot employees involved in every part of the retail process will offer a real insight into the challenges faced by our volunteers on a day-to-day basis, helping us understand how we can best support them. It will also offer an opportunity to test new processes before we officially re-open the shop to the public.” 

Kerfoot employees will sort and price stock on January 20 and 21, before opening the shop to customers from Wednesday, January 22 to Friday, January 24. Those visiting the town centre are invited to visit the shop and support this fundraising venture between 10am and 4pm from Wednesday to Friday. 


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About Yorkshire Cancer Research

•    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. 
•    Current statistics show that 594 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. 
•    Our mission is for 2,000 more people to survive cancer every year in Yorkshire. 
•    There are lots of cancer problems across the region that need to be tackled on a local level. We work in partnership with researchers, clinicians, the NHS, public health bodies and other charities to fund innovative work in four key areas: prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and clinical trials. 
•    For more information, please visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

Contact:

Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228. Email: nikki@ycr.org.uk

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