Yorkshire Cancer Research and Kerfoot - Working in Partnership

Date: 27 January 2020

Kerfoot are a leading manufacturer and supplier of natural and organic oils for the food, personal care and industrial sectors. Products range from sunflower oil and olive oil through to industrial lubricants. The company employs around 130 staff across 4 sites in Northallerton, Goole and Hull. 

Kerfoot have a strong commitment to workplace health and well-being and in 2019 they found a natural partner in Yorkshire Cancer Research to create a cancer-aware workforce confident to share their knowledge with family, friends and local communities.


Kerfoot have a strong commitment to workplace health and well-being and in 2019 they found a natural partner in Yorkshire Cancer Research

The charity’s Research Engagement Manager, Andy Wilson, made 12 visits to the company’s sites in Northallerton and Goole, delivering 34 sessions on topics including sun awareness, male and female cancers, the genetics of cancer, smoking and vaping, and the cancer situation in Yorkshire.

Presentations were supported by leaflets on topics ranging from breast screening to alcohol awareness, and by hands-on displays highlighting hidden fats and sugars in common foods, breast and testicular tumours and the cancer-causing chemicals in cigarettes. Staff were also offered the opportunity to be carbon monoxide tested. 

In return for the charity’s input, in late June a hardy group of Kerfoot staff took on the challenge of the Yorkshire Three Peaks. Typical English summer weather threw torrential rain and hail their way but 21 undaunted hikers finished the walk well within the 12 hour target, raising a fantastic £5,380 for the charity.


Presentations were supported by leaflets on topics ranging from breast screening to alcohol awareness, and by hands-on displays highlighting hidden fats and sugars in common foods

The company’s Assistant Risk Controller, Karlene Cardus, then went several steps further by completing a 25km trail run in the Lake District, raising another £421. Future fundraising plans include a staff team completing the equivalent of a coast to coast cycle ride on exercise bikes in a public location in Northallerton. 


In a new departure for Yorkshire Cancer Research, Kerfoot staff have also taken over running the charity’s Northallerton shop for a week earlier this January

 In a new departure for Yorkshire Cancer Research, Kerfoot staff have also taken over running the charity’s Northallerton shop for a week earlier this January. After having been closed for several months for refurbishment, Kerfoot employees have given up their time to help prepare the charity's Northallerton shop ready for its re-opening, assisted by the charity’s retail team. From bringing in donations, through to sorting and pricing stock, creating displays and serving customers, staff have been getting to grips with all aspects of charity shop life. 

For more information on partnerships with Yorkshire Cancer Research click here.

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