UK builders merchant business Grafton Merchanting GB raised £129,339 for Macmillan Cancer Support in 2011.
Some of the staff who have been keen fundraisers, at GMGB’s principal businesses, Buildbase, Plumbase and Jackson Building Centres, visited Macmillan’s offices in Vauxhall, London, to see how the money will be used.
The funds will go directly to the Macmillan Support Line, a free phone service manned by cancer support specialists, providing support to 132,354 people affected by cancer every year.
Throughout 2011, thousands of GMGB employees climbed Ben Nevis, served bacon butties to customers, organised sponsored walks, runs and cycle rides, as well as sponsored slims and skydives, whisky trails, football matches, fishing contests, washed customers’ vans and dressed up and dressed down. A team from Plumbase even stripped off for a charity calendar.
Two cycle challenges together contributed nearly £35,000 towards the total – a Buildbase team cycled 480km from London to Paris in four days and Jackson Building Centres organised a branch to branch cycle challenge in July.
Michael Zielinksi of Civils & Lintels completed the Mexico Coast to Coast cycle challenge and raised £3,530 while an intrepid team from Plumbase climbed Ben Nevis raising over £3,500.
Luke Williams from Plumbase in Bicester organised a sponsored walk raising £3,755. Many of the branches took part in the GMGB Big Breakfast event, the builders and plumbers merchants’ equivalent of Macmillan’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.
Visiting Macmillan’s offices were: David Grimsdale, Buildbase divisional director, who led the Buildbase London to Paris cycle challenge that raised £21,307; Luke Williams, assistant manager at Plumbase in Bicester, who organised a fancy dress fun walk generating over £3700 and Jason Bates, manager at Jackson Building Centres at Sutton-in-Ashfield who arranged a number of different fundraising activities.
Blanca Fernandez, head of the Macmillan Support Line, with Jason Bates, David Grimsdale and Luke Williams.