Macmillan Cancer Support is looking for staff to nominate their workplace to join 99 other companies all over the city and raise £1,000 each through events such as sponsored challenges, parties, dress-down days and raffles.
The charity has launched the Macmillan 100+ Club. Buckinghamshire fund-raising manager Sandra Dibling said: “£1,000 is within the reach of even the smallest business – one person could decide to do a sponsored bike ride, or the whole company could take part in events during the year.
“With a year to raise the money, it is really very achievable. And who knows what will happen when people get started? I can envisage there being some friendly rivalry among employees to raise the most money or come up with the most creative fund-raising ideas.”
The 100+ Club challenge was a way to boost staff morale, she added. “This is a fantastic opportunity to get creative and introduce a fun activity every couple of months while raising money to help people affected by cancer.”
Every company who signs up to the 100+ Club will receive a welcome pack full of fundraising inspiration with ideas for events and ways of raising money. It also outlines the public relations benefits and how fund-raising can improve internal communication, motivate employees and encourage creativity.
Sandra said: “All these factors can aid staff retention and have a positive impact on the company’s bottom line.”
Software supplier ReadSoft has become the newest member of Macmillan’s 100+ Club. UK marketing manager Adam Chapman, who was treated for cancer last year, said: ”I was keen to encourage colleagues to get involved and make a difference for such a worthwhile cause.
“When you get cancer it affects all areas of your life. Not only does it take your health but it affects how you live your life, as cancer can financially impact how you live on a day to day basis.”
ReadSoft began its fund-raising drive at the Milton Keynes Dragon Boat festival in June, when accounts assistant Ashley Kirk joined one of the crews.