Record-breaking amount raised by Irwin Mitchell partnership
We’re celebrating the success of a record-breaking partnership after our work with Irwin Mitchell contributed more than £100,000 towards providing treatment, enabling research and enhancing facilities for cancer patients across the region.
The Charity of the Year partnership with Irwin Mitchell’s Sheffield office raised more than £124,000 and saw staff and friends of the leading legal and financial advice firm take part in a huge range of events including endurance walks, long-distance cycling challenges, showstopping bake-offs and much more.
We’re incredibly grateful for the unbelievable support of organisations such as Irwin Mitchell. Even more so when we see such enjoyment and high engagement levels among employees, with crucial awareness raised of the work we do to support the one in two people diagnosed with cancer.
The largest fundraiser held during the 2019 partnership was “Walking 9-5”, organised by marketing executive Abigail Clarke and designers James Kirk and Alex Bright. A whopping 100 staff took part in the walk – Abigail said:
“We wanted to find something as many colleagues as possible could get involved in, that we could complete as a team… that’s where Walking 9-5 came into play”.
“We carefully worked out the logistics and set our targets. These included getting 100 people involved, each with the aim of raising £100 and a total fundraising target of £10,000 for our charity of the year, Weston Park Cancer Charity.
“On Friday 7 June 2019 we were delighted to see a fantastic turn out from our colleagues (and a couple of dogs!) set off from Endcliffe Park in the sunshine to start the 15-mile Sheffield Round Walk. But the good weather didn’t last long and we were hit by what can only be described as monsoon conditions for the rest of the day – that didn’t stop us though!
“Astonishment didn’t cut it when we saw the total amount raised reach £19,000. We were incredibly grateful to everyone who so kindly sponsored our challenge, and it made it even more special knowing it was going to such an important cause, that’s close to so many of our hearts.”
Nancy Greaves, marketing executive and chair of the Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation in Sheffield commented on the success of a brilliant partnership which has helped enhance the lives of people living with cancer.
Nancy said: “Our Charity of the Year is chosen by our colleagues, which is why everyone was so enthusiastic about the fundraising and volunteering for Weston Park Cancer Charity in 2019.
“It was a pleasure to work with the fundraising team and we’re thrilled to have raised funds for such a worthy cause and one that helps many of our families.
“We hope that this goes some way to alleviate the hardship Weston Park Cancer Charity and the people they help have experienced during the pandemic.”
The impact of the successful partnership was officially celebrated with an online ‘Lunch and Learn’ event hosted by Weston Park Cancer Charity, attended by around 30 Irwin Mitchell staff and recorded for staff unable to attend.
Charlotte Faulkner, Associate Development Co-ordinator and member of Sheffield’s Irwin Mitchell Charities Foundation Committee, said: “I thought that the lunch and learn session that Weston Park delivered to my colleagues and I was brilliant.
“Thank you for everything you do for our community; so many of our families have benefited from the services you provide.”
Darren Hayes, Business Development Manager at Weston Park Cancer Charity, said: “This partnership is an example not only of how a partnership with an organisation such as Irwin Mitchell can work, but how it should.
“Fundraising is clearly hugely significant to these partnerships being successful, however this was a two-way relationship. We’re happy to have worked very closely with the Irwin Mitchell team and to have offered our support to friends, colleagues and family members in return for their amazing efforts.
“The amount raised by our Charity of the Year partnership was staggering, as was the generosity from staff and friends of Irwin Mitchell. However, it’s also so important that our staff and colleagues enjoy the joint fundraising – so I’d like to take the time to thank our amazing fundraising team for their part in developing this important relationship. It’s a relationship which without doubt will have enhanced the lives of people living with cancer in our region.”
For more information or to contact our healthcare team, call our Helpline on 0114 553 3330.