Walker Morris announces Bone Cancer Research Trust as its Charity of the Year for 2016Print news article
Walker Morris kick-starts fundraising for Bone Cancer Research Trust with Leeds Abbey Dash
Walker Morris has kick-started its fundraising efforts for Bone Cancer Research Trust with the Leeds Abbey Dash race on Sunday 15 November.
The ‘WM Runners’ team, comprising 15 Walker Morris employees, participated in the 10K race earlier this month. The sponsorship money raised by the team has helped to push the Firm’s running total so far to over £1,600.
The race was the first major fundraising event that Walker Morris held for Bone Cancer Research Trust and is part of a series of fundraising events that the law firm is planning over the next 12 months.
Louise Power from the Firm’s Charity Committee said:
“As a responsible employer it is important to us to make a positive social impact by supporting the wider community where we work and live.
“Each year all our employees are invited to vote for our charity of the year. This year Bone Cancer Research Trust was voted overwhelmingly as our winning charity.
“One of our employees recently lost an immediate family member to the disease so it is a charity that is certainly close to our hearts. We’re planning a whole programme of fundraising activities to try and raise awareness and as much vitally-needed funds as we can.”
Mat Cottle, Head of Fundraising at Bone Cancer Research Trust said:
“We are absolutely delighted to be working with Walker Morris as their charity of the year, and look forward to supporting all of their fundraising efforts.
“Bone cancer is a rare, complex and devastating disease. Each year in the UK and Ireland, around 600 people are diagnosed with primary bone cancer – only 50% are likely to survive.
“Bone Cancer Research Trust is the leading charity dedicated to improving outcomes for people affected by this disease. Since 2006, we’ve invested over £2 million in clinical research, and we’re fighting for improved early diagnosis and referrals. In 2016 we’re launching a major first-of-its-kind biobanking project that will drive vital research further and faster by giving scientific researchers crucial access to bone cancer tissue samples.”
Other fundraising activities that the law firm has planned throughout the year include employees running the London Marathon, cake sales and dress down days.
To sponsor the Walker Morris team visit www.justgiving.com/walkermorris/
To find out more about the BCT visit www.bonecancerresearch.org.uk