The Leeds office of international law firm Squire Patton Boggs has presented a cheque for £33,666 to Yorkshire Cancer Research following a year of fundraising.
Partners and staff took part in a number of sponsored events during 2017, including the Leeds Half Marathon, the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge and the Great North Run.
Daredevils among the team raised further funds by taking part in a charity abseil from the top of the Portland Building at Leeds Beckett University and a skydive from 15,000ft at Skydive Hibaldstow.
Employees marked the end of the year with an annual lunch and by bringing festive cheer to busy commuters by singing Christmas songs at Leeds Station.
Yorkshire Cancer Research is dedicated to improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer in Yorkshire. The money raised will help to save lives in the region by funding innovative research and community health projects.
The charity recently announced a £3.6m investment in eight new projects, covering a wide range of issues from increasing the early detection of cancer to improving access to palliative care.
Mark Simpson, partner at Squire Patton Boggs, said: “Working with Yorkshire Cancer Research as our Leeds office charity for 2017 has been hugely rewarding and great fun. There have been many highlights during the year as partners and staff have risen to the challenge to find unusual ways to raise money and we are grateful to our clients and the local business community for their support. We have far exceeded our original target and are delighted to be able to make a contribution to funding the excellent work that Yorkshire Cancer Research carries out in our region.”
Joe Taylor, Partnerships Manager at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We are delighted to receive this very generous donation from the Leeds office of Squire Patton Boggs. We’ve really enjoyed working with the team during the past 12 months and it’s been great to have them on board. The staff and partners have been incredibly passionate about the charity, dedicating a huge amount of time and effort to raising money and taking on some tough challenges for the cause.
“We rely on the support of Yorkshire businesses like Squire Patton Boggs to carry out vital work in the region. We are aiming to invest £100m 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.
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.
- For further information, please visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter