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Wake Smith’s £5k donation to Macmillan Cancer Support

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Employees from Wake Smith Solicitors in Sheffield have raised £5,300 for Macmillan Cancer Support to help improve the lives of people affected by cancer in the region.

The 200-year-old law firm chose Macmillan as its nominated good cause for the 2015-16 financial year and its charitable board worked hard to drive fundraising and organise numerous events throughout the calendar.

The cash collected will go towards Macmillan Cancer Support’s work with the NHS in Sheffield to help improve cancer care services especially focussing on breast, bowel and prostate cancer. The charity is investing £6 million over the next five years to make this happen.

Holly Dobson, chair of the charitable board at Wake Smith, said: “We didn’t set a formal target, and concentrated on more of a friendly, sociable approach to fundraising.

“We looked at events and sales ideas that would inspire and attract the biggest donations and to raise £5307.81 is a fantastic achievement. Thank you to everyone who donated throughout the year. We smashed last year’s total by more than £1,000. To learn about how our funds will be used to the best possible means locally is the most rewarding bit.”

Fundraising events ranged from pub quizzes, raffles, cake sales, sweepstakes, monthly dress down days, social events and lunches, plus a very successful office-based tuck shop for hungry employees.  Wake Smith’s annual Christmas lunch raffle also raised £1,680.

The charitable board, is made up of a small team of doers and motivators including Kate Lax, Louise Rudkin, Lorraine Slack, Lisa Wilson, Bridie Mulgrew, Tom Weightman, Alison Gaddes, Hayley Naisbett and Holly Dobson.

Holly added: “The fundraising acted not only as a pool for new ideas but was also a great way to socialise within the company and feel engaged with the business – especially now our two offices are now under one roof at Velocity.”

Rob Turner, senior fundraising manager at Macmillan, said: “Macmillan’s partnership with the NHS is focused on breast, bowel and prostate cancer.  We want everyone diagnosed with one of these cancers to receive treatment and aftercare in a way, and place, that works for them.

“This campaign is all about making a difference and £5,000 is an amazing amount of money to raise. It will all go to help and improve the lives of local people affected by cancer.”

Macmillan final total June 16
Members of Wake Smith’s charitable board Louise Rudkin, Lorraine Slack, Lisa Wilson and Hayley Naisbett celebrate their fundraising success with Rob Turner (right) from Macmillan Cancer Support

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