We are happy to announce our new nominated charities for the coming year, after completing our first round of fundraising for the organisations during our summer team exercise challenge.
Every year, our employees vote to select the charities they wish to back and this year, staff at our Derby office chose to support Macmillan Cancer Support, our Leicester employees’ voted to support Alex’s Wish and our Nottingham staff members chose to support St Ann’s-based charity, Stonebridge City Farm.
Our summer team exercise challenge
To get into the summer spirit, 11 teams of five or six people went head-to-head racking up as many walking, running and cycling miles as they could to kickstart the new year of fundraising. A special points system was put in place to reflect the difference in the three disciplines, with miles cycled remaining equal, miles ran being multiplied by three and miles walked multiplied by five. Before multiplication, the teams racked up more than 3,000 miles between them.
Our Chief Executive, Stewart Vandermark, said:
“The past 18 months have been challenging for every single industry, but they have been particularly tough for local charities. That’s why being able to support them now, more than ever, is so important to us all at Nelsons.
“Last year, the team participated in a number of events to raise money and came up with several creative ways to continue to fundraise during Covid-19 at a time when we were all working from home. We plan to continue showing our dedication to these great causes that enrich the lives of those in the community as we continue to emerge from the pandemic.”
Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support helps improve the lives of people affected by cancer – those with cancer and their families, carers and communities. It is a source of support, helping anyone affected by cancer navigate through the system to get what they need, and a force for change, working to improve cancer care.
Hannah Lumb-Smith, Relationship Fundraising Manager for Macmillan Cancer Support, said:
“Almost of all of Macmillan’s income is generated by fundraising activity and the demand on our services has never been greater. We are grateful to Nelsons for selecting us as its charity partner and every penny raised will help us continue to do whatever it takes to support people living with cancer.”
Alex’s Wish, based in Mountsorrel, was founded by Emma and Andy Hallam in 2012 and named after their son, Alex. In 2010, just two weeks before his fourth birthday, Alex was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). The condition is the most aggressive form of muscular dystrophy, resulting in progressive muscle wasting, affecting the heart and lungs. Having raised more than £40,000 for two charities working on DMD in the UK, the Hallam family decided to set up a charity of their own.
Emma Hallam, Alex’s mum and founder of the Charity, said:
“DMD affects one in every 3,500 boys born in the UK. The funds raised through Alex’s Wish are vital to help find new treatments as quickly as possible ensuring we keep boys healthy and build their muscles so they can stay mobile for longer.
“Every penny raised goes towards projects that will help conquer DMD, so the support from Nelsons is greatly appreciated and we are so thankful to the Leicester team for doing something amazing and helping us in our mission.”
Stonebridge City Farm
Stonebridge City Farm is a unique place in the heart of Nottingham and relies solely on donations to give visitors a taste of the countryside. The farm’s operation enables the charity to support more than 140 volunteers who are on-site each week, many of whom have a mental health illness or learning disability.
Peter Armitage, General Manager at Stonebridge, said:
“As a community charity based in St Ann’s, Stonebridge City Farm relies on support from local people and organisations, so we are delighted that Nelsons has chosen us as its charity of the year.
“Demand for our services continues to grow as we focus on reducing isolation, improving health and wellbeing and increasing independence and Nelsons’ support makes a real difference, which will help us to work with even more people in the year ahead.”
Last year, our staff chose to support Nottingham Breast Cancer Research Centre, Safe & Sound and Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) and raised more than £3,000 in total for the charities.
“I’m always overwhelmed at the number of members of our team who get involved with our fundraising activities, and this time was no different. As always, we’re already having conversations about what our next fundraiser will be and can’t wait to continue to support our nominated charities for the coming year.”