More than 50 business men and women attended a special luncheon to celebrate the work of local charity Kids ‘n’ Cancer – with a host of pledges gained for the good cause.
The event, staged and supported by DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Sheffield Park in Sheffield, allowed the Chesterfield-based charity the chance to brief regional organisations of its work, as well as highlighting the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon on September 14.
A total of £30,000-worth of pledged donations were made at the event, including from sponsors BRM Solicitors, Casa Hotel, PK Group and R. Wilkes Transport.
Kids ‘n’ Cancer has helped more than 70 children across the UK access Proton Therapy in America to treat a variety of tumours, particularly in the head and neck, where traditional radiation therapy can be too risky.
Mike Hyman, founder of Kids ‘n’ Cancer, spoke about the benefits of Proton Therapy and how the charity is the main beneficiary of the Chesterfield Marathon, along with other local good causes.
As part of the business lunch, Tony Vickerman from PK Group on Beresford Way, Chesterfield, won two tickets to the Royal Variety Performance later in the year.
“Events of this nature are invaluable to us as it allows the charity to speak to businesses about the work we do and how it has supported families across the country.
“Every young person we have helped receive treatment is still alive today.
“This is testament to the success of Proton Therapy and the hard work our charity undertakes on a daily basis.
“The Chesterfield Marathon offers companies a local event to be involved with, help raise their profile and support a local charity, so it’s a win, win situation for everyone.”
A further business lunch will take place on August 7 at the Casa Hotel and any businesses interested in attending should contact Kids ‘n’ Cancer on 01246 236 566.
Kids ‘n’ Cancer not only helps pay towards the cost of Proton Therapy, but it also provides funds to allow members of the child’s family to be with them in America for three months – which is the usual treatment and recovery period before they are able to fly back to the UK.
Meanwhile, more than 1,400 runners have already signed-up to take part in the Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon, which starts and finishes at Queen’s Park in the town centre.
They can run a full 26-mile marathon, half marathon, fun run or relay race.
Entry into the events costs £45 (full marathon) £35 (half marathon) £100 (relay) and £5 (fun run) and anyone raising £200 for Kids ‘n’ Cancer can gain free entry.
The Chesterfield and Derbyshire Marathon has more than 30 sponsors and supporters including Utopia Tableware, The Casa Hotel, BRM Solicitors, Stopfords Accountants, Spire Marquees, Peak FM, Modiri Chartered Accountants, Caldic, Red Butterfly, Klasse Spa, Holywell Healthcare, MLS, Traffic Management Services (Retford) Limited, MK, Central Technology, The Jungle Play Centre, Omega Plc, The Britannia Bar, The Manor at Brampton, HP Partnership Limited, Morgan Sindall, PK Group, R. Wilkes Transport, AVK, Fusion Group, Premier Sports, Proctors Funfair Hire, Frederick’s Ice Creams, A Herring Ltd, Ibbotson’s Fruit and Veg, Buxton Water and Willets Sweets.
Chesterfield Borough Council, Derbyshire Police, Destination Chesterfield and Derbyshire and Nottingham Chamber of Commerce have all given the race their backing.